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Tarzan's Hollywood Party, 1996

By Matthieu Victor

Dominating the main gallery three large paintings by Martin Beck lend the show a definite seventies feel (not that I remember the seventies. or for that matter anything prior to 1992). These recall the super-realist and neo-history painters of that decade, and to a lesser extent eighties allegory painters such as Eric Fischl and Mark Tansey. Whether or not their stylistic quoting is done ironically I done know, but their humor and energy succeeds whether or not they want to be hip.