By Edward Lucie-Smith
A critic and historian of paintings who's deeply immersed within the works and developments of the seventies the following offers the 1st common survey of the last decade. In a quantity alive with visible pictures which are frequently excellent and occasionally worrying, he analyzes the advance either one of outdated varieties and of latest ones, and gives a coherent framework for the final reader.
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Figures to equally committed not merely to replication but to the Mark John de Andrea: Couple (man clothed). 1978. Cast vinyl polychromed in oil lifesize. K. Harris Gallery, New York Thawing Out. 1972. 7 cm (78 x 48 x 29 in). , Toronto (Photo: Lyle Wachousky) Prent: fibreglass, i Illusionary Art Duane Hanson makes of middle-aged portraits Middle Americans, often with a strong vein of satire. Though each figure is a portrait and a strongly characterized one at that, Hanson has the ability to persuade us that each is also typical and representative of a host of other people of the same type.
The more sensitive of the abstract sculptors who established themselves in the 60s began to move along this route, while still retaining some of their characteristic formal ideas. The Englishman Philip King, for example, once very interested in the possibilities offered by fibreglass - thanks to its anonymity of surface and suitability as a vehicle for colour - has now turned to rough slate and unpainted steel. The abstract sculpture of the 70s, with the exception of the metaphysical and environmental works I shall come to later, can be divided into three categories.
Hadler-Rodriguez II top right: Francoise Grossen: Hadler-Rodriguez Galleries, New York Opposite hanging 42 II. Fibre. York Ann Sutton: Installation view of work the 70s. Fabric tube stuffed with wadding, sewn and Opposite bottom right: Opposite bottom Inch worm left: Irene Waller: Group of Five. Jute wall- created linked in Abstract Painting $ - PaJtttA*inA*t>y,fii V Post-Matisse Pattern Painting, one of the most important developments in American art during the 1970s, makes many allusions to Matisse-influenced textiles as well as to the master himself.