Lee Krasner

The blog about Robert inspired me to look back into the last century. Regular readers know I often make Pinterest boards of artists as I’m looking at their work- here’s one of Lee’s work. I’ve always felt she got the lamest deal of any of the AbEx generation as her work is some of the strongest of the group. Here’s some quotes from her that help illustrate how she saw her place.


Howard Hodgkin

Was reading in this great article on #cecilybrown (who is not an abstractionist and is IMO one of our best living painters) that she is influenced by Howard (quite literally as in she met him several times), who is another member of the canon that I’ve not previously covered here.

Howard is no longer with us but his estate has an IG feed and here’s more and more.


Cy Twombly

One of my favorite things about living in Houston was visiting the Cy Twombly gallery at the Menil museum. I can’t think of many other artists whose work can create the kind of visceral connection that his does- I think of it first when discussions veer towards work that is beyond words or language.

BTW- you should also check out this good read about the importance of time he spent with Robert Rauschenberg.


de Kooning

Both Elaine and Willem were painters which I haven’t yet blogged about. As readers are likely aware it has taken some recent academic pushes to rewrite Elaine’s (and others) deserved place in the narrative of NY-based painters in mid-century America (with the Denver museum making perhaps the biggest move although not the only one).

There’s been no shortage of words written about her husband of course. When I first noted their absence from this blog I immediately became curious about how their relationship informed their work.

More #elainedekooning

More #willemdekooning


After blogging about Bram I decided I should brush up on Tachisme. Which leads one to (among others) Wols.

(From above- Tachisme “is often considered to be the European equivalent to abstract expressionism, although there are stylistic differences (American abstract expressionism tended to be more “aggressively raw” than tachisme). It was part of a larger postwar movement known as Art Informel (or Informel), which abandoned geometric abstraction in favour of a more intuitive form of expression, similar to action painting.“)



Robert Motherwell

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was the baby of abstract expressionism. Youngest of his generation’s greats, he was also the most literate, the most eloquent, and the most fully reflective of the movement’s diverse roots in European modernism, including not only surrealism but also Matisse.

Probably the most political, too.