Art: Arkansas Traveler

"The Ghost, sometimes she came and stood at the foot of the bed . . . The tree that fell on John Perry, it cut off his leg . . . The lightning that struck Rufo Bar-cliff, it killed him."

Using such homely sentences for the titles of his paintings, Arkansas-born Carroll Cloar, 42, has unlocked a world of childhood memories, set down in sharply drawn scenes that combine the nostalgia of fading photographs with the surrealistic overtones of the artist's recollections of his boyhood days. On view last week at Manhattan's Alan Gallery, the results have the dreamlike quality of...

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