Art: Haunting Collisions of Imagery

A retrospective of the cool, violent paintings of Malcolm Morley

One of the largely unnoticed facts about current art is that despite the hoopla made over some national groups of painters—mainly German and Italian—a great deal of the most inventive and solid painting in the '80s keeps being done by the English. One thinks immediately of Frank Auerbach, Howard Hodgkin or half a dozen others. And among them, prominently, one thinks of Malcolm Morley. Morley is 52. His first retrospective—curated by Nicholas Serota, director of London's Whitechapel Art Gallery, and handsomely introduced by Art...

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