Mario Naves reviews the exhibition American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927–1942 at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, on view through April 29, 2012.
Naves writes that these four artists "were united by an unshakable sense of purpose. 'American Vanguards' is installed with an eye toward underscoring that bond. Discrete themes – the still-life, the city, abstraction (both pure and not), and what can only be termed Ingres-worship – are grouped together with a keen sense of rhythm and commonality. Continuity is the leitmotif, and it’s elaborated upon with understated and, at moments, thrilling nuance."