Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West

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521 W 26th Street, 1st Floor, NY 10001, New York, United States
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Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West

New York

Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
to Sat 4 Jun 2022
Tue-Sat 11am-5pm
Artist: Michael West

For the month of May, Hollis Taggart will occupy a space on the second floor of its W. 26th Street building. Here, along with an exhibition of Albert Kotin, the gallery presents a focused show of works on paper by Michael Corinne West, the Abstract Expressionist painter whom the gallery has championed over the past several years.

Artworks

Untitled, 1958


Charcoal on paper

12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (31.8 x 24.1 cm)

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Untitled, circa 1960s


Charcoal and pastel on paper

11 3/4 x 9 in (29.8 x 22.9 cm)

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Untitled, circa 1970s


Charcoal on Oak Tag

17 x 14 in (43.2 x 35.6 cm)

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Untitled, 1985


Charcoal and spray paint on paper

13 3/4 x 11 in (34.9 x 27.9 cm)

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Untitled [Double-Sided], 1951

Graphite on paper
11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in (29.8 x 22.5 cm)
Initialed and dated lower right: "M.W. / 1951"

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Composition, circa 1960s

Oil pastel on paper from sketch pad
8 1/4 x 11 inches (21 x 27.9 cm)
Signed and titled lower left: "Michael West / Composition"

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Viet Poème, 1964

Charcoal on paper
19 x 12 5/8 in (48.3 x 32.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left on matboard: "Michael West – 1964" Titled lower right matboard: "'Viet Poème'"

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Anxious Object, 1964–66

Charcoal on paper
22 1/2 x 19 1/4 in (57.1 x 48.9 cm)
Signed lower left: "Michael West / 1964" Signed, dated, and titled verso: "Michael West 1965–66 / Anxious Object"

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Untitled, 1970

Enamel on Oak Tag
22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: "Michael West / 1970 – Nov."

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Untitled, circa 1970

Enamel on Oak Tag
27 7/8 x 22 inches (70.8 x 55.9 cm)

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Untitled [Double-sided], 1974

Enamel on Oak Tag
21 3/4 x 28 inches (55.2 x 71.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: "Michael West 1974" Signed and inscribed verso: "Michael West / Year?"

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Untitled, 1975

Charcoal on paper
24 x 19 inches (61 x 48.3 cm)
Signed and dated upper right: "Michael West – 1975"

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Untitled [Double-sided], circa 1970s

Enamel, oil, and collage on Oak Tag (recto) Tempera on Oak Tag (verso)
28 x 22 1/8 inches (71.1 x 56.2 cm)

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Untitled, circa 1970s

Charcoal on Oak Tag
17 x 14 in (43.2 x 35.6 cm)

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Untitled, 1985

Charcoal and spray paint on paper
13 3/4 x 11 in (34.9 x 27.9 cm)

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Untitled, 1985

Charcoal and spray paint on paper
13 3/4 x 11 in (34.9 x 27.9 cm)

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The exhibition, titled Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, follows two major solo exhibitions of the artist’s work at the gallery, Epilogue in 2021 and Space Poetry in 2020, which reintroduced audiences to West’s distinct vision and style and positioned her within the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. Michael West—born Corinne Michelle West—is recognized by art historians as a vocal and active participant in the development of this movement, bringing a highly refined personal philosophy and vision to her work.

The exhibition focuses on her drawings, which capture some of her most interior expressions and suggest relationships with the drawings of Hedda Sterne, Joan Mitchell, and David Smith, as well as non-objective painting and the films of Jean-Luc Goddard. “West’s drawings, in combination with her notes on art, provide an intimate record of her explorations of subjectivity and her voracious engagement with post-war art and culture,” Jillian Russo writes in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition.

Despite her substantive participation in the dialogues and artistic innovations that shaped Abstract Expressionism, West’s contributions remain on the periphery of art history, like so many women of her time. With Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, the gallery continues its effort to enhance the study, understanding, and appreciation of her work. In line with recent renewed investigations of the critical contributions of female artists within the art historical canon, Hollis Taggart’s exhibit of West’s works on paper aims to rectify the omission of her practice within our understanding of Abstract Expressionism.

“Our gallery has always been inspired by untold stories of art and artists. Across our more than 40-year history, we have renewed commercial interest and driven scholarship about numerous artists, including Leon Berkowitz, Audrey Flack, Marjorie Strider, Kay Sage, Idelle Weber, and Michael Corinne West. This spring season captures our ongoing engagement with expanding the narratives of art history by illuminating the voices of those artists that have been lost to time but are so deserving of recognition. It also represents an important solidification of the gallery’s vision and approach—one that we feel is essential to the understanding of contemporary art dialogues. We look forward to engaging visitors with the work of these incredible artists and to furthering new study of their practices,” said Hollis Taggart.

Courtesy of the artist and Hollis Taggart


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