Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Art Before Language


Douglas Huebler, Dead Reckoning, 1964, oil on canvas



















While Douglas Huebler is known as a conceptual artist who returned to making objects via text paintings, he is not known as an abstract painter. So it was fascinating to come across this painting in the Pérez Art Museum's permanent collection.

Huebler did have a somewhat recent exhibition (2017) at the Paula Cooper Gallery of his work from the sixties, but that revisionist show comprised  minimalist-influenced sculpture.

Dead Reckoning (1964) seems an anomaly then. And it perhaps answers at least a couple of questions concerning why Huebler went on to become a conceptual artist. The painting's colouration is muddily unresolved, yet it's tight angular composition and geometrically-shaped canvas seem to herald the new image painting movement of the seventies and eighties, especially the painterly but hard-edged, sculptural paintings of Elizabeth Murray. Huebler, ahead of his time yet short on technical or aesthetic resolve, was bent to be a first generation conceptual artist.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Link to my article on the underrated Hortense Gordon

Below is a link to my article on Hortense Gordon in Hamilton Arts and Letters. Gordon a member of the Painters' Eleven received less attention than less talented artists in the group, such as Harold Town. The article explores how Gordon's age, isolated place of residence, and gender contributed to her obscurity. 

https://samizdatpress.typepad.com/hal_magazine_issue_11-2/hortense-gordon-by-earl-miller-1.html