Painting: Plaster Apocalypse

"I'm trying to paint the life force of a thing," says Australian-born Brett Whiteley. "There has always been a sense of violence in my work." There has also been a strong strain of sensuality. Three years ago, at the age of 25, Whiteley established himself in the vanguard of young London painters (TIME, Oct. 9, 1964) with one Baconesque series of 25 paintings, all showing his pretty young wife nude in the bath, plus another series depicting the passionate antics of Sex Murderer John Christie. His latest show at Marlborough New London Gallery is difficult to characterize. Is it...

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