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Frank Lobdell

Oscarsson Hood Gallery

This show directs attention to a paramount issue in art that has received too little critical attention lately. I am talking about spiritual content, which is, admittedly, one of the most elusive aspects of the visual experience to express, either in pictures or words. On both counts, Wassily Kandinsky stands high: over seventy years ago, in his breakthrough pictures of the Munich period and the influential related essay, “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” (1912), he demonstrated the esthetic breadth and significance of this issue with visionary fervor and insightful genius.

Among the contemporary artists who continue to explore the exciting, difficult, but ultimately rewarding course pioneered by Kandinsky, Frank Lobdell is among America’s most committed and intriguing. Lobdell studied under Clyfford Still in the late ’40s; since then, his painting has undergone some significant changes.

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