John Altoon: Paintings and Works on Paper 1963–1968
Mary Boone Gallery
The best works in this exhibition of paintings by John Altoon from the 1960s are dynamic and surprisingly fluorescent-colored abstractions from the decade’s early years. The Los Angeles–based artist was one of the leading abstract expressionists on the West Coast. But by 1967 he had turned from abstraction toward a cartoony, frequently scatological style. Many late works—clearly influenced by the erotica of Picasso—are marked by naked, dancing nymphs or men with animal forms in place of their genitals, in a scribbly style that seems a cross between Saul Steinberg and R. Crumb. 745 Fifth Ave., through Oct. 25. Prices range from $10,000 to $60,000.