Shirley Goldfarb (1925-1980) Paintings

December 18, 2007 - February 02, 2008

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 18, 6 - 8pm

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Shirley Goldfarb
Chartres,  1971
oil on canvas
75 x 118 inches
Goldfarb's Dabs of Color: 57th Street
Michael Killeen
January 02, 2008
Dark Undertone

Shirley Goldfarb's circle of friends during 25 years living the expatriate life in Paris included Yves Klein, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol. She died at 55 in 1980; her body of work is not large. But she was a fine colorist who, by the mid-1960s, left abstract expressionism and her paintbrush behind and applied paint to canvas with a palette knife.

The three large oils on view in her third solo show at the Zabriskie Gallery illustrate how her technique evolved.

In ``Lime and Purple,'' (1967) the title colors mix smoothly with orange, yellow, blue and green as Goldfarb wields her blade to a liquid effect, each square a gorgeous smeared composition.

Distinct dabs of green, blue, orange, yellow and purple don't totally obscure a dark undertone as they build block by block in ``Chartres,'' (1971), looking like light shafted through stained glass.

In ``1977,'' the yellows, greens and blues are brighter, the application tighter and more controlled. The patterned effect is mesmerizing, drawing the eye in and around the canvas.

Prices are $35,000, $30,000 and $20,000. ``Shirley Goldfarb (1925-1980) Paintings'' runs through Feb. 2 at 41 E. 57th St. Information: +1-212-752-1223;