Art: American from Paris

Time was when every young American painter dreamed of making the pilgrimage to Paris, where he could shape his style under the influence of the great French masters. Today a growing number of U.S. expatriates are coming home convinced that there is no longer much contemporary European painting worth the compliment of imitation. Most recent example: San Francisco-born Lawrence Calcagno, 39, whose first one-man show in New York was on exhibit last week at the Martha Jackson Gallery.

That Painter Calcagno remains emphatically from San Francisco is demonstrated by his semiabstract paintings, saturated with rich California earth tones and the shifting, fog-ridden...

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