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"Simon Hantaï" at Paul Kasmin Gallery, installation view, with m.c.8 (1962), left, and Peinture (1962-63)
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PLIAGE
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 todayís 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.

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