Big, bold, and vibrant, Paul Feeley’s paintings are hard to miss. Rarely shown in the decades following his death in 1967, the artist’s sculptures and abstract canvases were given a major exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery in 2002. Now we have this smaller show, featuring nine large paintings made between 1957 and 1962.
Feeley’s style is distinctive. His forms hover on the cusp between biomorphic and severely geometric, consisting of a vocabulary of oblongs and rounded corners, simple shapes and curves informed by Moorish tile design and classical art. In the 1940s, Feeley broke with Abstract Expressionism. “I began to dwell on pyramids and things like that instead of on jungles of movement and action,” he said to Lawrence Alloway in 1964. “The things I couldn’t forget in art . . . were things . . . which made no attempt to be exciting.” In Ios, 1957, and Untitled, 1959, this
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