George McNeil, Asphodel, 1962, oil on linen, 78 x 72 inches (courtesy Ameringer McEnery Yohe)
Mario Naves posts a piece about painter George McNeil.
Naves notes that McNeil, who refused to take part in the 1950 Time magazine "Irasicbles" photo, never achieved the fame of the artists who participated, however, "Nothing if not indefatigable, McNeil soldiered on, weathering relative obscurity and negotiating a scene that would increasingly consider painting a minor and, in some quarters, obsolete pursuit."
George McNeil is on view at Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery, New York through January 21, 2011.
Laurie Fendrich reviews the exhibition de Kooning: A Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on view through January 9, 2012.
Fendrich writes: "Many influences lurk in the work - Picasso, Matisse, Gorky, School of Paris contour-driven painting, surrealism, American toothpaste ads (those toothy mouths in his Women paintings). Yet de Kooning was no synthesizer. He brazenly pushed forward, giving paint enough leash to become its own actor out discovering its own boundaries. His hunt was for nothing less than to make a painting express the ineffable, terrible awe of existence itself."
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