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The Art of JAMA
March 12, 2014

Ninth Avenue Elevated: Ralston Crawford

JAMA. 2014;311(10):994-995. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279376

To the casual observer, a quick peek at the pictures of industrial edifices painted by Ralston Crawford (1906-1978) might bring to mind an imaginary enclave made of LEGO bricks. To some, the works may seem a bit lacking in romance, but this perception would be at odds with Crawford’s sense of his work: “I suppose one of the reasons for the severity of some of my paintings,” he later remarked, “is that I am in many respects an incurable romantic. … I am long on feeling, and a lot of discipline—or steering of that feeling—is necessary.” (Haskell B. Ralston Crawford. New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; 1985:14.)