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24 Jul 2020

Esteban Vicente

Miles McEnery Gallery

Reviewed by Piri Halasz

Chronologically, Esteban Vicente belonged to the first generation of abstract expressionism. But he didn't exhibit abstractions until the 1950s. This made him a second-generation member of the school. Still, he kept painting luscious abstracts into his nineties, inspired by the radiant color of his flower garden in Bridgehampton, Long Island.

Some fruits of this vision are on view: eleven oils on canvas, all about fifty by forty inches and made between 1994 and 1999. Little blotches and patches and strips of darker colors float on fields of lighter colors. Their drawing can be tentative. The colors more than make up for this: sherbets of orange, lime, lemon and occasionally raspberry - just what one wants on a hot summer day.

They're mostly too delicate for cameras to capture. Spring I (1996) was the only painting on the checklist where the reproduction told the truth about its charming and memorable melange of mint, two grays, olive, and a dab of mustard over on the left.

Exhibition Esteban Vicente link
Start date 16 Jul 2020
End date 28 Aug 2020
Presenter Miles McEnery Gallery link
Venue 520 West 21st Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Esteban Vicente, Spring I, 1996, oil on canvas, 50 x 42 inches, courtesy of The Harriet and Esteban Vicente Foundation and Miles McEnery Gallery

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