Chicago

Wesley Kimler

Struve Gallery

Developing in a period that was politically and socially conservative, Abstract Expressionism was an art of wild abandonment, a Dionysiac art. Minimalism developed during a period that was radical and libertine; it, therefore, was the contrary—a disciplined, conservative, Apollonian art. Modern schools of painting always go against the grain. The problem nowadays is that we’re living in a period that has no grain, which makes it hard for artists to define themselves. Take Wesley Kimler, who has been making quite a splash here lately To hear him talk, you’d think he had his mind all made up. In a recent issue of a Midwestern art journal, he declared himself an Abstract Expressionist. He certainly sounds as polemical and contemptuous of everybody else as Clyfford Still was (like both Still and Jackson Pollock, he comes from the prairie, where all cowboy legends are born). But that tone seems

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