Los Angeles

Bettina Brendel

Pasadena Art Museum

Bettina Brendel, who was born in Luneburg, was invited to show with the first group of abstract painters in post-war Germany in 1951. That same year she came to the United States. Her canvases at the Pasadena Art Museum date from 1960 when she was involved in an over-all horizontal and vertical orientation of rectangular screen-like areas. The ground was flat and the negative space almost non­existent. In 1961, particularly in the “Density” series, the screen pattern be­comes one of sticks in tension. In Den­sity VII there begins a kind of re­versal in the ground where color areas and pattern exchange tonalities. Briefly, in Den­sity VII  a vertical black edge introduces the conscious use of the negative space image. It is in Se­quence of 1962 that the full realiza­tion of positive and negative space takes place in a black and white quat­ernion that is beautifully integrated. Part of the

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