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David Reed, #90, 1975, oil on canvas, 76 × 56". © David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

David Reed

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David Reed, #90, 1975, oil on canvas, 76 × 56". © David Reed/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The exhibition “Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975” was cocurated by Katy Siegel, an art historian drawn to renovating the reputations of American figures of the 1970s—see her 2006 show “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975”—and Christopher Wool, an old friend of David Reed’s and a painter of considerable note. This particular event reconstructed Reed’s first New York show, held in 1975. At the time of his Knickerbocker debut, the West Coast–born and –bred Reed was twenty-nine, hardly a kid, though there is something endearingly gullible in the painter’s adoption of the dogmas typical of the 1970s, not to speak of the dutiful scholasticism endemic to students at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. The exhibition’s disarming catalogue—rife with interviews, journal notations, and period shots of paleo-SoHo—evokes many

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