Walter Darby Bannard @ Berry Campbell

Walter Darby Bannard, The Model #2, 1960, alkyd resin on canvas, 66 3/4 x 62 3/4
Walter Darby Bannard, The Model #2, 1960, alkyd resin on canvas, 66 3/4 x 62 3/4 inches (courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery)

Altoon Sultan blogs about Walter Darby Bannard: Minimal Color Field Paintings, 1958-1965 at Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, through April 18, 2015.

Sultan writes: "Bannard's color is unique and surprising. In the exhibition ... there are pinks and warm reds and cool greens, and all colors confound expectations with their pleasurable seriousness. After all...pink? When I think of a great painter using pink, Philip Guston comes to mind; in his works pink becomes a subversive color. Bannard's pink isn't brash and saturated, but subtle; it looks like a mixed hue. The circle sits solidly in its field, perfectly balanced, slightly above the midpoint of a rectangle slightly taller than square. The pink becomes transcendent."