Xico Greenwald blogs about the exhibition Biala: Vision & Memory at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, on view through October 26, 2013. Biala's work is also on view at Tibor de Nagy Gallery through October 27, 2013.
Greenwald writes: "Neither during her long life nor in the years since her death has Biala’s contribution to art history received the attention it deserves. Museum Director Amy H. Winter says 'the politics of gender and style' and the fact that Biala 'never fully embraced the mythic freedom and daring associated with abstract expressionism' left the painter 'marginalized.' Making 'intimate' artworks while living in Paris 'rendered her ‘other.’' For Ms. Winter this overdue exhibition 'serves as a tribute to artists who, like Biala, persist in remaining faithful to their personal vision.'"
Paul Behnke photoblogs the recent exhibition The Lure of Paris at Loretta Howard Gallery, New York. The show highlights the lesser known influence of Paris on mid-century American artists and features work by Biala, Norman Bluhm, Ed Clark, Harold Cousins, Beauford Delaney, Sam Francis, Shirley Goldfarb, Cleve Gray, Al Held, Shirley Jaffe, Conrad Marca-Relli, Joan Mitchell, Jules Olitski, Milton Resnick, Jean-Paul Riopelle, George Sugarman, and Jack Youngerman.
Sol Ostrow writes in the catalogue: "In the 1950s, with the triumph of the New York School, the United States for the first time in history had produced visual art of international consequence. Yet, artists from the United States and from all over Europe continued to flock to Paris just as the center of the western art world was shifting to New York... Their reasons varied. Some saw it as an opportunity to be cosmopolitan or to satisfy their wanderlust; others may have imagined the Paris of Le Jazz Hot, café society, and the romance of the pre-war avant-garde, or the chance to see works by Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, etc., that they knew only from black and white reproductions. In most cases the women artists had accompanied their significant others, while like the generation before them, the Afro-American artists, sought to escape the racism that was endemic in the States."
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