Painting: Reporter with a Brush

Anyone who wants a fast and finely painted introduction to what is going on in the U.S. art world need only pay a call at Manhattan's Stable Gallery this week. On view are nine oils by Lowell Nesbitt, 34, one of the nation's most highly regarded younger painters. His subject matter: the interiors of six studios belonging to other artists. By meticulously representing their working environments, Nesbitt functions as a reporter; in effect, he achieves a visual essay on how the contemporary artist lives, thinks and works.

As Nesbitt shows, artists in 1968 are more likely to litter...