Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Alan Saret: Gang Drawings in The New Yorker

The mechanics of Saret’s “Gang Drawings” are deceptively simple: a fistful (a “gang”) of colored pencils produce clusters of synchronized, multihued marks. The images, which evoke swarming paramecia or swirling cosmic dust, project a joyous, concentrated energy—Saret’s habit of using the word “ensoulment” in his titles feels earned. (Two sculptures of tangled wire, the artist’s signature medium, recapitulate the gang forms in three dimensions.) Dating from 1967 to the present, the drawings are a testament to Saret’s stature as a pioneering post-minimalist and to his history as an art-world maverick. Through Feb. 7. (Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St. 212-219-2166.)