James Snodgrass 

Three and a half stars
Herron School of Art & Design

Herron grad James Snodgrass spent much of the ’50s painting in a variety of figurative styles. Some of this work recalls Picasso, and some recalls Hopper.  But it’s the oil on canvas “After a Basketball Game,” painted in 1951, where Snodgrass seems to have found his own impressionistic style. Portraying a long line of cars on a twisting road — headed home at night, in the dead of winter — he stunningly evokes an era that is now irretrievable except in memory. But Snodgrass’ interest in figurative work, if you judge by the representation in this retrospective, seems to have ended with the ’50s. His paintings from 1960 up to 2008 are all abstract. In some of these paintings you see more of an interest in the interplay of geometric forms. In some you see more of an interest in pure color. You might, however, find yourself gravitating back towards the evocative promise of his earlier work. Through Jan. 17; 317-278-9423, www.herron.iupui.edu/galleries/exhibitions.


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