EXHIBITIONS BY YEAR
Pierre Alechinsky: A Print Retrospective
11 June to 11 August 1981
New York Times Review of the exhibition
12 June 1981
By John RUSSELL
Looking at a new print by Pierre Alechinsky is like getting a letter from someone we know well and cannot hear from too often. We know the handwriting, we know the turn of phrase, we know the probable sequence of ideas. Even the marginalia fall just where we expect them to. Familiarity has staled none of this. If our friend has more to say at some times than at others, and if occasionally he repeats himself - well, those things are a part of friendship, and we're certainly not going to hold them against him. It is clear from the retrospective exhibition of Alechinsky's prints at the Museum of Modern Art that the image of the letter writer is not so far from the truth. Ever since it first surfaced in the great greasy city of Brussels, just after the end of the German occupation, the art of Pierre Alechinsky has stood midway between writing and painting.
New York Times • Arts • page 20 • 1,109 words