Bold brands: the designs of Michael West
On view from May 4 to 27, 2022
Opening: May 4, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For the month of May, Hollis Taggart will occupy space on the second floor of her W. 26th Street building. Here, on May 4, alongside an exhibition by Albert Kotin, the gallery will present a focused exhibition of works on paper by Michael Corinne West, the abstract expressionist painter the gallery has championed for several years. The exhibition, titled Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, follows two major solo exhibitions of the artist’s work at the gallery, Epilogue in 2021 and Space Poetry in 2020, which reintroduced the public to the vision and the distinct style of West and positioned her in the first generation of abstract expressionist artists. Michael West, née Corinne Michelle West, is recognized by art historians as a vocal and active participant in the development of this movement, bringing a highly refined personal philosophy and vision to his work.
The upcoming exhibition focuses on his drawings, which capture some of his innermost expressions and suggest relationships to the drawings of Hedda Sterne, Joan Mitchell and David Smith, as well as the non-objective painting and films of Jean. -Luc Godard. “West’s drawings, combined with his notes on art, provide an intimate record of his explorations of subjectivity and his voracious engagement with postwar art and culture,” writes Jillian Russo in the catalog. accompanying the exhibition.
Despite her substantial participation in the artistic dialogues and innovations that shaped Abstract Expressionism, West’s contributions remain on the periphery of art history, like so many women of her time. With Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, the gallery continues its efforts to enhance the study, understanding and appreciation of his work. In line with recent renewed inquiries into the critical contributions of female artists within the art historical canon, the exhibition of works on paper by Hollis Taggart aims to rectify the omission of her practice in our understanding of Abstract Expressionism. .
“Our gallery has always been inspired by untold stories of art and artists. In our more than 40 year history, we have renewed commercial interest and generated scholarship on many artists, including Leon Berkowitz, Audrey Flack, Marjorie Strider, Kay Sage, Idelle Weber and Michael Corinne West . This spring season reflects our continued commitment to expanding the narratives of art history by illuminating the voices of those artists who have been lost to time but so deserve recognition. It also represents a significant solidification of the gallery’s vision and approach, an approach that we believe is essential to understanding the dialogues of contemporary art. We look forward to introducing visitors to the work of these incredible artists and to pursuing further study of their practices,” said Hollis Taggart.
About Hollis Taggart
Founded in 1979, Hollis Taggart showcases significant works of American art, showcasing the trajectory of American art movements from the Hudson River School to American Modernism and the postwar and contemporary eras. Its program is characterized by a deep commitment to scholarship and the highlighting of the work of under-recognized artists. The gallery has sponsored several catalog raisonné projects, most recently for American surrealist artist Kay Sage, and has been instrumental in advancing the knowledge of artists such as Alfred Maurer, Arthur B. Carles and, more recently, Theodoros Stamos, Marjorie Strider and Michael. (Corinne) West. In the summer of 2019, the gallery announced the formal expansion of its activity in the primary market and focuses on the presentation of contemporary works. It continues to expand its roster of contemporary artists, focusing on emerging and mid-career talent. With over 40 years of experience, Hollis Taggart is widely recognized by collectors and curators for her leadership, expertise and openness to art historical issues, trends and market opportunities. The gallery’s flagship location is in Chelsea, and it also operates a space in Southport, Connecticut.
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