Louise Fishman

Artforum notes “Ballin’ the Jack,” and also that Louise began “her practice at the height of Abstract Expressionism; Fishman asserted herself as a queer feminist Jewish woman within the artistic milieu of the time. Her atmospheric spaces and muscular articulations recount the urgency of her self-expression, and speak to the dynamic forward motion of ballin’ the jack, or going full-speed.”


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.


Joshua Van Dyke

Not hard to see why I’d be attracted to the painting below for those who know my own work.

Joshua’s practice also includes a performance element, something in which few abstractionists engage despite the performative nature of much painting in this genre (there are some photos of other work and stills of his last performance here).

BOMB also chose Joshua for their artist portfolio series.


Jim Hodges

was also in Abstract Painting, Once Removed, and is similar to Polly in making work off the wall. Of interest to the reader may be new reads of the work through the lens that it is in fact “queer formalism.” Jim is of course not alone among queer artists in using non-mimetic modalities. Gonna explore this topic this week.


Agnes Martin

Like Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin loved the desert and was a sort of mystic- certainly a transcendentalist. I think the definition of sublime in the dictionary should have an image of one of her paintings. Although many historians tried to call her a minimalist, she was definitely about being an expressionist- “When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.