Publications & Reviews

viewRobert C. Morgan, Catalog, Essay for Dillon Gallery Exhibition, 2009
viewLyle Rexer, Art in America, "Hector Leonardi at the Viewing Gallery," June 3, 2003
Anthony Barzilay Freund, Town and Country, “Connoisseur’s World, “ February 2002
Lyle Rexer, Review Magazine, “Hector Leonardi: New Paintings,” May 15, 1998
Ann Lauterback, Catalog, “Hector Leonardi: The Innate Order of Particulars,” January, 1991
David Bell, The Albuquerque Journal, May 23, 1982
Susan Zwinger, The Santa Fe Reporter, May 23, 1982
viewJohn Russell, The New York Times, May 9, 1980
viewJohn Russell, The New York Times, May 4, 1979
John Russell, The New York Times, June 9, 1978
John Russell, Catalog, Essay for Razor Gallery Exhibition, 1973
Peter Frank, The Soho Weekly News, December 6, 1973

Hector Leonardi has been a colorist, and a very good one, ever since he was in school with Josef Albers.  The question has always been: how best to declare the color?  Should it be flat, ridged, encrusted, or layered?  Should it appear to have no substance at all, or should it come on like a relief map of an archeological site?  A certain constitutional diffidence may have delayed the resolution of these problems.  But no longer.  There are three or four paintings in his new show in which the grid form is broken to high advantage, the color combinations have a new subtlety and assurance, and there are textural discoveries that work for the painting and not against it.  Luminosity plays a new tune in these paintings, and it is one that is well worth listening to.