Art In America

Manolo Valdés

at Marlborough,
40 W. 57th St.

The only surviving member of Equipo Crónica, the Spanish art collective known for its Pop art-inflected, anti-Franco works of the 1960s and '70s, Manolo Valdés has mellowed in recent years, focusing on paintings and sculptures that riff on the work of Velázquez. This show, featuring large-scale collages and found-wood assemblage and bronze sculptures, is a spirited overview of themes that have preoccupied him since his last New York gallery solo in 2002. Valdés is at his best here in sculptures featuring Brancusi-like "heads," with wild, suggestive headdresses, and collages such as Perfil I (2013), which weds a late Matisse collage technique to Renaissance-style drawing.         

 

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