Art and Artists

A. Mark Datz, whose first one man show is current at the Eighth Street Gallery, is a personal, introspective artist, an inhabitant of a world all his own, His ideal landscapes, populated by semi-abreact male and female figures and graceful animals, are poetic.

There is good painting light and air in his work but occasionally the blue of the water is a bit too blue and the pink of the distant mountains a bit too pink.

Only in one instance, in his self portrait, is the quiet contemplative quality that pervades his exhibition almost rudely broken, so different is it in spirt and approach from the rest of his work. It is Mark Datz at his most heroic, almost defiant.

ARTISTS OF REVOLT

Looking at the drawings and watercolors of Anton Refregier and William Siegel, on exhibition at the New School of Social Research, there can be no doubt as to what side of the fence they belong.

They are announcers of Social Revolt–direct and uncompromising.

Although of the two, Siegel seems to be the more politically conscious and experienced cartoonist, it is Refregier who often strikes the deeper, the more human, note.

His “Fifth Year of Crisis,” two gaunt working women weighed down by heavy burdens trudging along a lonely ready, is stark and monumental and makes one think not a little of Daumier. Siegel’s “River Rouge Riot” is well composed, full of drama and movement.

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