The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world. Through the back door, my title also pays homage to my physicist father, Irving Zinnes, whose long discussions with my mom got her thinking about entropy and tropism in the first place.

Lynn Kotula at the Bowery Gallery
I was sorry I couldn't attend the opening reception to the memorial exhibition and mini-retrospective of the paintings and drawings by Lynn Kotula, but am delighted I was able to see the show during a quiet time when I could look closely at and absorb the depth of Lynn's oeuvre. Not only was Lynn a beautiful and incredibly deep-thinking human being full of curiosity about just about everything - I was lucky to have been her (and Tony's) roommate years ago during our summer months of painting in the Delaware Water Gap - but she was a deeply observant, sensitive and generous painter. Her love of discovering just the right value and temperature, just the right shape, and creating a world of interconnected objects, color and light is palpable in this exhibition curated by her husband, Tony Stewart and a few friends. Clearly Lynn had many influences, from Albert Marquet - I remember her passionately showing me reproductions of his landscapes way back when we were students at the NY Studio School - to Cezanne's shifting focus and uneven table edges, but Lynn was an individual artist on her own. The exhibition remains at the Bowery Gallery until July 9. I highly recommend a visit.

I think this painting is the last one Lynn made, or at least

the latest in the show. She was quite ill and weak while

painting it, but her strength and passions show through.