Dorothy Fratt

Dorothy (who is no longer with us) made works which “are too rich to be minimal, too spare to be expressionist. They deal with color and expansive space, yet they are too gestured and incidented to be straight color­field works. They are adventures in form dealing with color as an expressive agent rather than as a mere phenomenon.”

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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.

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Susie Rosmarin

When I was in grad school I saw Susie talk at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston as a part of Abstract Painting, Once Removed— appears some years later she had a solo show there as well. Her work process has always been quite disciplined and it appears the monochromatic pieces of the early 2000s have given way to a broader palette (btw if you like these you’ll also like Sanford and Rob).

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Polly Apfelbaum

Polly was one of the hits I remember from Abstract Painting, Once Removed. Her work is literally removed from the constraint of a traditional, rectangular canvas (like Rhia and Meg). Image below is from that time frame.

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Ingrid Calame

As I continue to think back on artists that were having a (or their first, in Calame’s case) big Art world moment while I was doing grad studies I’m reminded of course (since she, Monique and Polly were often mentioned collectively by the critical community) that Ingrid’s works* were considered lineage and departure from Pollock.

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(*image below is from that time; her work like her colleagues mentioned above has moved in new directions over the last two decades)

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