Art: Villagers in Manhattan

Manhattan's galleries were off to a flying 1953 start with some 30 new shows open last week. Gallerygoers could choose to see almost anything from mild Bermuda landscapes to bleak views of the Arctic or carvings from the Congo. But the standout exhibition was home-town work: 119 paintings by two Greenwich Village women who rank among the top U.S. artists. Both are considered abstractionists, but the term covers a lot of ground and their paintings are as different as cumulus and calculus. The two:

LOREN MACIVER, 43, who started painting her personal world with a child's vivid imagination at three and is...

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