Austin and New York are observing what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday as centennial exhibitions pop up across the US and Europe.
I fear that the visual culture in which these works were admired is now one of those distant “you had to be there” moments, which are impossible to reconstruct.
These paintings are more than color-field eye candy and hold their own as engaging abstracts.
LOS ANGELES — At first sight of the Green April exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery, it is fairly obvious that Sam Gilliam is a marvelous painter who is sensitive to color and hue, shade and saturation, and able to create vibrantly interstitial zones where an object is not quite itself and not yet something else.
A painter best known for her groundbreaking painting “Mountains and Sea” (1952) which influenced on a whole generation of abstract painters, Helen Frankenthaler has died at the age of 83 at her home in Darien, Connecticut.