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It hit you about three-quarters of the way through the Akris show. Where were the photoprints? Albert Kriemler has made them his signature; landscapes, famous architectural landmarks, and images by well-known artists have appeared in his collections. Tonight, not a one. Kriemler’s new Spring lineup owed a large debt to the Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich, whose most famous canvases the designer reproduced on his minimalist designs. Malevich was known for using a limited range of colors, but Kriemler preferred the subtlety of tone-on-tone motifs. Blink and you almost missed Malevich’s intersecting rectangles on the skirt of the white leather dress that Kriemler opened with. They were more apparent on the cotton voile shirt and shift that followed, but stripped of colors the embellishments lacked the definitiveness of the work that inspired them.

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