Brooklyn Rail - Art Review - Spring 2013
Inside the Gary Snyder Gallery, a woman struck up a friendly exchange with another viewer about the current exhibition. They were strangers to each other but the connection seemed natural. Amid the sculptures on display in George Sugarman: Painted Wood, on view through June 15, one is inspired to chat precisely because the works themselves are also conversational. Sugarman, who died in 1999 at the age of 87, was one of the great underrated and idiosyncratic sculptors of the mid-20th century. Showcased here are five sculptures made between 1964 – 1969, the final decade the artist worked in human scale. Around 1970, he largely abandoned indoor works in favor of devoting his efforts to public sculpture.