Monday, July 28, 2008

McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX ( just opened the Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions last month. Paul Feeley's 1962 "Skins" (39 5/8" X 180 5/8") graces the entry way to the new art Center. (Photo provided by the McNay Art Museum)

In the fall issue of the Contemporary Art Quarterly "Art Lies", Lawrence Jennings writes the following about Lawrence Markey's show that featured Paul Feeley's "Skins" and "Germanicus":

"While Feeley’s work was an uncomfortable fit with various aesthetic movements of the sixties—color-field painting, hard-edge painting, Op art and systemic painting—in the last years of his life his work was included in many prominent exhibitions: Clement Greenberg’s Post-Painterly Abstraction at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1964, William Seitz’ The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art in 1965 and Lawrence Alloway’s Systemic Painting at the Guggenheim Museum in 1966. Considering the threads of figure/ground interaction, formal repetition and color theory found in Feeley’s late paintings and sculptures, it is easy to link his work to contemporary artists who consciously bring simple design into abstract art. In a catalogue published by Lawrence Markey/Matthew Marks Gallery in 2002, Lane Relyea writes, “Indeed, it’s exactly the difficulty in classifying Feeley’s paintings that make them seem such direct precursors to our current moment.”"

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