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09 Nov 2017

Syd Solomon (1917-2004) Time & Tide: A Centenary Exhibition

Berry Campbell

Reviewed by Franklin Einspruch

In this exhibition's museum-quality catalogue, Gail Levin makes a plausible case that we don't know Syd Solomon better only because he enlisted. The mildly infirm and the conscientious objectors were able to form their art in the modernist heyday of early-1940s New York City while Solomon was off earning Bronze Stars and contracting frostbite in the Battle of the Bulge.

He moved to Sarasota after the war and made his home into a non-objective artist paradise. In the 1970s a naturalness and authority entered his work, and stayed. Seasight (Tall Ships at Newport) (1976) is an engrossing picture, a wave of white and teal breaking through cliffs of violet and umber engraved with bold marks.

He defied the lapse of color sense that plagued American art in the 1980s, producing, among much other heavyweight work on display here, Lunareach (1984), with bands of color arching and spitting like riled cobras. "Can I catch all flying things," he once asked in a poem. I reply, sir, you can.

Exhibition Syd Solomon (1917-2004) Time & Tide: A Centenary Exhibition link
Start date 12 Oct 2017
End date 11 Nov 2017
Presenter Berry Campbell link
Venue 530 West 24th Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Syd Solomon, Lunareach, 1984, acrylic and aerosol enamel on canvas, 60 x 78 inches, © Estate of Syd Solomon, courtesy of Berry Campbell

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