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.

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Wols

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.“)

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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.

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Manuel Mathieu

Manuel (who I first discovered at the Armory Show) is a contemporary Haitian visual artist best known as a painter of abstract works that often evoke figurative shapes in nondescript environments. Mathieu draws from Haitian visual cultures and from Western art movements such as expressionism and existentialism.

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Flora Yukhnovich

Artforum- rightfully- notes Flora’s newest from her time in Venice in a space set up by #victorimiro “for invited artists to spend extended time in the historic city and make new bodies of work“. These are definitely abstractions although not clear she would call them nonrepresentational. Reminds me of Erin’s brushwork.

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