Robert Schwartz @ Babcock Galleries

Robert Schwartz, Life of Birds, 1991, gouache on paper, 6 x 6 inches (courtesy B
Robert Schwartz, Life of Birds, 1991, gouache on paper, 6 x 6 inches (courtesy Babcock Galleries)

Mario Naves reviews an exhibition of paintings by Robert Schwartz (1947–2000) at Babcock Galleries, New York on view through October 7, 2011.

Naves writes: "Schwartz can be fairly neatly fitted into the tradition of Magical Realism, a loosely aligned group of American painters- Jared French is one; Paul Cadmus, another- drawn to enigmatic narratives, hushed symbolism, painstaking craft and the male nude, both as historical touchstone (cf. Michelangelo) and object of adoration."