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February 16, 2007

Manny in Manhattan: Farber's painting

farbenfarber_230.jpgRetired film cricket Manny Farber is a reknowned painter as well, and he's included in the show "High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975," as reviewed in NYTimes by Roberta Smith. The curator, she writes, "has done her best with the academy’s galleries, carefully sorting artists who stuck to canvas on stretchers and those who set out for points unknown, including the floor and the video monitor. Yet the show demonstrates that certain techniques endured. Important among them was the propensity to get very physical with paint and to take into new terrain the pours and drips of Jackson Pollock and the staining technique of Color Field painting. In one large gallery stain painting is rebelliously pushed off the stretched canvas in vibrantly colored and variously two-sided, sewn, beaded and torn works by Manny Farber, Alan Shields and Alvin Loving." [More about the exhibitions at the link as well as here; the show ends April 22. National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street. 212.369.4880.]

Posted by Ray Pride at February 16, 2007 09:33 AM

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