Shirley Jaffe: Paintings from the 1970s

Shirley Jaffe, The White Line, 1975, oil on canvas, 77.25 x 85 inches (courtesy
Shirley Jaffe, The White Line, 1975, oil on canvas, 77.25 x 85 inches (courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery)

John Yau reviews the exhibition Shirley Jaffe: Paintings from the 1970s at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, on view through November 23, 2013.

Yau writes that "Jaffe uses different palettes and combinations of color throughout each painting. These distinct combinations infuse each of the painting’s sections with its own individuality. Something different is found in each section, a self-contained color or graphic sign. The fact that Jaffe can lash them all together without resorting to any obvious visual device is nothing short of remarkable. Jaffe carefully calibrates the dissonance running through her best paintings. Every image is distinct and part of something larger; and the larger parts are prevented from subjugating other sections."