Kenneth Stubbs
(American artist, 1907-1967)

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Fine Show At Bader Gallery

Drawings by artists who regularly exhibit at Franz Bader Gallery, 1705 G Street N.W. compose a show there of more than ordinary interest, through next Saturday. Over 20 drawings in various media, black and red crayon, ink and wash, gouache and silverpoint, include work by some not generally known as graphic artists, and range from naturalistic to abstract. One assumes, of course, that every artist sketches at times, even though he may not consider such drawings anything but exercises. Marjorie Phillips is one by whom I had not heretofore seen any drawings. Her unpretentious head of a woman is done with her characteristic competence.

Robert Gates has a surprisingly realistic detailed drawing of a spruce branch, with every needle indicated. Leonard Maurer's "Pine" tree is nearly as detailed, and equally admirable. "Fruits and Leaves" by John Gernand is a study to please the layman.

Washington Scenes

Margaret Appich and Prentiss Taylor have contributed glimpses of Washington, representational but simplified--the former, "St. Michael's Dome," the latter, "Canal at Key Bridge," both appealing. Kenneth Stubbs' "Positano," ink on tinted textured paper, is a beautiful panorama of the Italian hill town. Herman Maril's "Old Wharf" is simplified beyond his usual economic use of line, carrying him almost to non-objective imagery. Jeanne Taylor emphasizes pattern in the dunes and sea of her "Martha's Vinyard."

Still life is well represented. I liked best those by Richard Miller and James McLaughlin. Harold Giese has a compassionate study of a "Fallen Bird," touchingly real.

Mitchell Jamieson's "Child on a Beach" in close tonal harmony, depicts a small mob, each little figure being presumably one facet of the child's perpetual motion.

Abstractions are strongly individual. Pietro Lazzari's "Death and Resumrrection" is beautifully done by this gifted draftsman. Helen Rennie's "Voyage" gives the impression of a cloud floating by, while Andrea Zerega's "Pieta" has the effect of a neatly done problem in geometry. Richard Dempsey's "Ferris Wheel," one of the few drawings in color, suggests the movement in vertical ovals. Jacob Kainen's abstract head, too, is in color, a grim apparition.

Florence Berryman, Washington Sunday Star, June 9, 1957, page C-8