David Lowe Italian landscapes

New York Times
December 13, 1985

by Michael Brenson

David Lowe's recent drawings are based on photographs of ruins in southern Italy — primarily temples and churches. All the photos were in black and white. Some the artist took himself. Lowe used them to gain distance from and to gain access to a classical world about which he cares a great deal.

If the subject matter is architecture, the drawing method is architectural. Lowe builds his drawings stroke by stroke, sometimes using a straight edge, sometimes freehand. He does manage to do justice to the solidity, clarity and proportions of the architecture. He also makes us aware that while ruins do belong to the past, they are also new objects, complete in their own way, that belong equally to the present. (Through Wednesday.)

Prince Street Gallery, 121 Wooster Street

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