Painting: To See, to Feel

Abstract art is losing some of its edge — or edges. Dozens of abstract painters have traded in their rulers for spray guns, mops and brushes. Similarly, some of the most severe minimalists indulged in a spot of color. The result was a group of painters loosely classified as "romantic minimalists." The history of Ralph Humphrey, 37, and Dan Christensen, 26, is characteristic. A year ago, they displayed pictures that consisted of properly minimal strips floating on luminous backgrounds. This year, Humphrey and Christensen have moved on to more radiant styles. Since...

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