Gandy Brodie, The Astronaut, 1967–74, oil on canvas, 96 x 74 inches (courtesy Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects)
John Yau re-introduces painter Gandie Brodie (1924–1975) whose work is on view in the exhibition Gandy Brodie: Ten Tenements at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, through July 1, 2012.
Yau writes: "In contrast to the loaded brush and aggressiveness we associate with [Norman] Bluhm and [Joan] Mitchell, Brodie's work is slow to reveal itself. A self-taught artist, Brodie's method of painting is all his own. His paintings' rough, uneven surfaces compress the gritty exterior walls of the Lower East Side with its multilayered interiors, painted over and over like tenement apartment walls while left unprotected against the ravages of time and the elements."
Kalm notes: "Considered as an exotic and tragic figure with a cult following, during his brief career, Müller was generally recognized as the first of the Hans Hofmann students to return to the mythic and physiological complexities of figurative imagery. Using the vernacular of Abstract-Expressionism he nonetheless began a vibrant legacy of post abstract painting that continues today."
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