“Art critic’s picks for Saturday’s Julia Street gallery openings,” The Times-Picayune

by Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

(Excerpt, full article here)

Two old favorites of mine will be part of Saturday’s (May 4) art gallery stroll along Julia Street and thereabouts. The free monthly coordinated gallery openings, which run from 6 to 9 p.m., are a wonderful time to sip wine and visit with friends while keeping in touch with the Crescent City’s vivid contemporary art scene. For a complete selection of opening receptions consult the exhibitions listings in NOLA.com.

At Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St., you’ll find the timeless works of Robert Gordy (who died in 1986).

Smart, sure and silky smooth, Gordy’s acrylic canvases from the 1970s and 1980s remain a high water mark in New Orleans art. Gordy was one of those painter’s painter; his every work is a lesson in color choice, value modulation and economical design. After all these years, I imagined I’d seen all of Gordy’s mid-career works, but the shaped canvas waterfall featured on the gallery website was a revelation.