Judy Cooke, Louise Fishman, Willy Heeks, Tom Leiber, Joan Mitchell, Pat Steir
May 5 - July 2, 2005

The six artists in this show have, in various ways, dealt with the legacy of Abstract Expressionism. This is one of the names given to the style that dominated the American art scene from the late 1940s through the mid 1950s. Among its main practitioners were Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Its characteristics included direct engagement with materials and process: paint could be poured, dripped, splattered or brushed; a rethinking of the picture plane and its space; and a new consideration of how a viewer engaged with a painting. Works were often large in scale with all-over compositions where no single element was the center of focus. The paintings were a visual record of the act of creation and the artist’s emotional and intellectual state.

While none of the artists in this show could be considered an Abstract Expressionist, each shows an awareness of its history and its grammar. All have in common an engagement with its most important element: the physicality of PAINT.