ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH  ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT   SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2000

Art

 

Review 

Artist makes the ordinary take on extraordinary look

By Jeff Daniel

Post-Dispatch Art Critic

      At Elliot Smith is the annual Summer Show featuring more than a dozen of the gallery’s artists.  Some good work here, especially from David Mann, Judy Child, Douglas Freed and Maxwell Stevens, whose “Love’s Frost” manages to present oil paint so wonderfully thick that the square piece resembles a futuristic piece of plastic sod.

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Maxwell Stevens "Love's Frost" 1999. Oil on canvas, 16.5 x 16.5 in / 42 x 42 cm.

Courtesy Elliot Smith Contemporary Art

Summer Selections

Where: Elliot Smith Contemporary Art,

4727 McPherson Avenue

When: Through Sept. 10

More info: 314-361-4800

As a bonus, check out the front gallery showing of works by Gunther Forg.  His “Leaves” series owes some credit to Barnett Newman’s zip paintings, but the artist manages to breathe new life into a well-worn compositional device.