Art: An Iron Will to Form

The New York art world forgives little but forgets much. It treats history as surf: either you catch the wave or you miss it. And a number of admirable painters have simply floated or drifted away onto other waters. One of these is Milton Resnick, 55, who has not exhibited in New York since 1964. His current exhibition at the Max Hutchinson Gallery marks the reappearance of an exceptional and independent vision.

"Here goes," wrote Resnick a decade ago. "I am not the follower of Monet. I am not an admirer or follower of De Kooning. I am not an action painter....

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