The Easel

16th October 2018

‘Hilma Who?’ No More

Unable to sell her abstract work, af Klint blamed backward public tastes. In her will she prohibited exhibition of her work for decades after her death. What is now clear is that she was advanced and preceded the “breakthroughs” of abstract pioneers like Kandinsky and Mondrian. As one critic notes “Her artistic ship sails some of the deepest waters around.”

4th September 2018

A Good Fit

Coloured sculpture was once frowned upon. Chamberlain thought differently. His expressionist eye liked colour and saw auto body parts as a malleable (and free) raw material. After crushing the parts he would laboriously fit them together as a collage, producing sculptures suggestive of “exotic flowers … or drapery”. “It’s all in the fit”, he said.