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Edward Clark, Untitled, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 56 5/8 × 69 3/4".

Edward Clark

Tilton Gallery

Edward Clark, Untitled, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 56 5/8 × 69 3/4".

This show of ten canvases and three works on paper ranging in date from the 1960s through 2012 demonstrated, at minimum, an unusual consistency across decades—a consistency of idea and feeling as well as of quality. One might almost speak of a career without development. With nearly any other artist, such a phrase would carry an implicit reproach: a charge of complacency or monotonousness. In Edward Clark’s case, it’s quite the opposite: One senses that he has never ceased casting a critical eye—what Ernest Hemingway famously called the bullshit detector—on his own work. And far from falling into routine, Clark continually wrests unexpected nuances from his storm clouds of color. That he has persisted for so long without losing heart despite, until quite recently, a woeful lack of response from the mainstream (that is, white) art world only makes his sustained

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