Abstract works by Bisbee-based artist Peter Young are on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson.


Artist Peter Young, who has an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, makes critics go all gaga.

A 2007 New York Times review of a show of his works called him "a maverick Zenned-out hedonist who was also a process-oriented formalist with a sharp painterly intelligence, a genius for color and a penchant for the tribal and spiritual."

In a review of a show in New York last year - the first since that 2007 exhibit - the Times wrote, "Here's hoping New York doesn't have to wait another five years for his next update."

From Contemporary Art Daily about the same show:

"Composed of sweeping networks of penciled arcs partly filled by fragmented white ellipses that hover in unmoored gestural grounds, these paintings maintain the artist's ongoing interest in the transformative dialogue of process, structure and color. Their delicate interweaving of gesture and pattern introduces a radiant tentativeness that is new. Unexpectedly surreal, the paintings' interplay between figure and field evokes a primal thread intrinsic to Peter Young's art, formalist abstraction by way of Lascaux."

Cruise on over to MOCA Tucson to catch "Peter Young Capitalist Masterpieces," an exhibit of the Bisbee-based artist's works. Big works. On MOCA's big walls. That, folks, is a treat.

The show continues through March 31. On March 29, there will a party with Young curating the music (he's got a Mexican music radio show).

MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave., is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. It's $8 for nonmembers, free for members, youths under 17, veterans, active military and public safety officers. Get more information at moca-tucson.org or call 624-5019.