LondonJanet Sobel and the 20th Century Women
The Gallery of Everything is pleased to announce the first European exhibition of paintings by self-taught American abstract expressionist, JANET SOBEL.
JANET SOBEL was born in 1893 in the Ukraine, migrated to America and made her home in Brooklyn. Self-taught, confident and instinctive, her practice began in middle-age with figurative dreamscapes, drawing on her Eastern European background.
Local success brought her to the attention of legendary curator and gallerist Sidney Janis, through whose patronage, SOBEL’s work became known throughout the art circles of New York. Allies and admirers soon included artists Mark Rothko and Max Ernst, surrealist André Breton, philosopher John Dewey and gallerist Ferdinand Puma.
SOBEL’s visual ideas graduated into a unique personal abstraction. The material caught the eye of collector Peggy Guggenheim, who curated a painting by SOBEL in Women in 1945 and subsequently gave her a solo show at her Art of This Century Gallery in 1946.
SOBEL’s innovations included the all-over dripped paint technique, which was studied by artist Jackson Pollock and would go on to inform his entire oeuvre. Today SOBEL is credited as the unsung pioneer and originator of this mid-century visual style.
SOBEL’s paintings are in the collections at MoMA, LACMA, the Whitney and others. Her work was most recently curated in Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy (2018) and Women in Abstraction at the Centre Georges Pompidou (2018).
Works on paper by JANET SOBEL will occupy the entire lower ground of the gallery’s Chiltern Street space. The Frieze Master’s installation will include rarely seen paintings on board and canvas, including legendary works from the Guggenheim exhibition.
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