Albert York: Uncanny Impressions

Albert York, Woman and Dog in Moonlit Landscape, oil on masonite, 12 x 10 inches
Albert York, Woman and Dog in Moonlit Landscape, oil on masonite, 12 x 10 inches, 1977 (Private Collection - courtesy Davis & Langdale)

Andrew Russeth reviews Albert York: A Loan Exhibition at Davis & Langdale Company Inc., New York, on view through June 21, 2013.

Russeth writes: "While only one work here is larger than a sheet of typing paper, they all deliver enormous visual feasts—made of seemingly simple, halting brushstrokes on board that form powerful, intimate still lifes and landscapes that harbor profound psychological mysteries. With just a few hard-won marks, Mr. York could render uncanny impressions of the most quotidian subjects: a brown cow in a field, pink flowers in a tin container, a potted plant, a cut lemon that may make your lips pucker. Even up close, there’s no telling how he does it. Those idiosyncratic brushstrokes betray an unmatched willingness to look deeply and continuously and to set aside conventional notions of how objects are supposed to exist in the world."