Friday, 20 April 2012

An expanded field of Abstract Expressionism, Spanierman Gallery, New York

Last few days of an interesting collection of abstract painters is currently on show at Spanierman Gallery, New York. Though the key works belong to De Kooning, there are some interesting paintings in this show from others who were part of the scene in the 50's and 60's, including: Dan Christensen, Willem de Kooning, Perle Fine, Judith Godwin, Gertrude Greene, Stephen Pace, Betty Parsons, Jack Roth, Rolph Scarlett, Theodoros Stamos, Neil Williams and Frank Wimberley.
Frank Wimberley 'Gum Ball,' 2009, Acrylic and collage on canvas

Some of the works still feel contemporary, others less so and lack some of the vitality that we originally expect from Abstract Expressionism, but the exhibition is worth a punt. The painting below reminds me of a De Keyser.. 

Perle Fine, 'Prescience No. 11', 1951
Oil on canvas, 29-1/2 x 25 inches
Here are some words from the Gallery press release: 'The Abstract Expressionist examples reveal the continued vitality of this style, emergent in the mid-twentieth century, in which artists saw their work as a forum for action. Rendering large canvases that challenged the nature of art, they sought to express freedom and stand in opposition to a homogenized culture. Among the works are Willem de Kooning's Bewitched Woman (1965), depicting a joyously off-kilter vision of the artist's main subject; Stephen Pace's Autumn (59-02) (1959) and Untitled (60-17) (1960), among his largest and most robustly painted canvases; Judith Godwin's lyrical Reflections (1979); and Frank Wimberley's Side Entrance (1995) and Stones (1996), in which he built on the legacy of the past to find his own balance of action painting and a systematic consideration of its methods.'

The gallery also has an exhibition of our very own Frank Bowling, I think this one is the most interesting, including the title...

John Hoyland's Tie (Emanuel's Gift), 2011Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 74 x 31-1/4 inches

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