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Beverly Hills Times
Westwood Villager

Thursday, April 6, 1961

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Over a dozen new exhibitions opened this Monday night in the Western Los Angeles galleries and an amazing number are really top-notch shows. The contents of these shows vary from big name easterners to local contemporaries and from one-man to group representations.

Abstractionists showing noted New York artists are the Kantor and Dwan Galleries. At the Kantor is an excellent selection of small paintings and drawings by Willem de Kooning spanning the years from the late thirties through the fifties and well manifesting his various stylistic developments. Of particular note is the very typical and much reproduced "Two Women in the Country" of 1954.

Phillip Guston and Franz Kline form a duo-show at the Dwan Gallery. Guston's current works are darker, drabber and more blocky than earlier examples. Although they demonstrate a real understanding of and working into the canvas surface, I miss the lighter, more sensuous appeal of his earlier canvases.

Characteristically composed of black slashy masses suspended on white, Kline's Paintings are striking and dynamic as always.
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