John Yau reviews the exhibition Lester Johnson: Last Paintings at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, on view through November 20, 2011.
Yau writes that "More than fifty years after his work first gained attention, [Johnson's] monochrome silhouettes remain strong and fresh, as well as anticipate the work of Joyce Pensato and others. But they should not be the only works to hold our attention…. At the gallery, in the back room, you can see what are supposed to be Johnson's last two paintings, both of which he completed at the age of ninety-one. Together, they form, as Harvey told me, “a coda to Johnson’s life."