The New York Times, 1956

"Abstractions by Cajori are Exhibited—Negro Painters in Downtown Show"

If the color of Bonnard were multiplied in intensity, and the brush forms magnified, one would have an approximate simile for the abstractions by Charles Cajori at the Tanager Gallery, 90 East Tenth Street.

Cajori’s lusty color is applied in loose areas, built up to suggest landscape, but landscape tilted and flattened. Where before Cajori’s compositions had unmistakable naturalistic references, such as horizon and sky in the expected place, he now allows more ambiguous relationships. Yellows, oranges, aquamarines and pinks indicate sundrenched subjects scattered on an abstract field. One large vertical canvas, painted thinly but with assurance, contrasts deep-hued colors in a way to suggest an underlying poetry more subtle than in other paintings where color blaze tends to override structure.

Four young painters are showing recent work at the Poindexter Gallery, 46 East Fifty-seventh Street. William Scharf’s larger oils present soft, billowy shapes reflecting against a barely implied geometer’s square. His clean-washed color is reinforced with delicate line. In smaller works he seems able to concentrate his imagery more forcefully. Dan Rice paints horizontal abstractions in hazy color; Alfred Skondovitch shows moody, often stirring impressions of nocturnal landscapes; and Nora Speyer shows sketchy figure studies, disguised with exuberant but insufficiently controlled expressionist brushing.

Along with racing cars, vacuum cleaners and better Bibles in the First Exposition of Negro Progress (Wanamaker Building, Broadway and Eighth Street, a number of well-known painters are represented in a special exhibition.

The show ranges from the semi-abstract paintings in New York by veteran painter Beauford Delaney to the simple image of downtown Manhattan by Edward Webster, a postal clerk, Ernest Crichlow, Ellis Wilson, Eldzier Cortor, Merton Simpson, Jacob Lawrence and Walter Williams are among other painters who have made achievements in the fine arts.

Illustrations of life in the Boys Towns of Italy, painted by Gerry Brandman, are on view at the Associated American Artists Galleries, 711 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition is sponsored by an international committee whose honorary sponsors are Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce and H.E. Manlio Brosio.

Miss Grandman, who spent two months at Boys Town, in Santa Marinella, depicts scenes from the daily pattern, including recreational bocce games, washing up, and strolling through the ample grounds. Proceeds from sales will go toward the various boys’ communities in Italy.