Post #1237 • September 25, 2008, 9:56 AM • 15 Comments
Buffalo, NY - Works on Paper: The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection at the Albright-Knox Museum consists largely of minimalist drawings, which as a class doesn't give one much hope of encountering anything satisfying. The labor that goes into a hand-rendered graphite rectangle by James Howell, for instance, must be extraordinary, but how could one go wrong? An overly dark spot? A thumbnail-inflicted dent in the paper? Consequently the effort is like office work using art supplies. The exceptions worth noting have more vigorous activity in them: Robert Nickle's warm, textured, pleasingly neutral collages; a James Turrell installation that makes a purple rectangle several feet across float mysteriously in the darkness; and the refreshingly frenzied oils on paper by John Connell.