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"Simon Hantaï" at Paul Kasmin Gallery, installation view, with Meun (1968), left, and another Meun (1968)
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by Joe Fyfe

A New York exhibition of paintings by Simon Hantaï is an event: barely a roomful of his works have been seen in the United States since 1981. Yet it may go largely unacknowledged by today’s gallery-goer, who may find little to be excited about in a group of pictures that demonstrate a technique in which the canvas is first folded, then painted on and only finally stretched.