The Easel

The forgotten father of Abstract Expressionism

It was easy to get into Clement Greenberg’s bad books.  The critic had a narrow, purist view of abstraction and Mark Tobey’s interest in Asian art and philosophies didn’t fit that mold. In contrast, Jackson Pollock was taken by Tobey’s “all over” compositions and major accolades also came from Europe. But Greenberg was the art world’s biggest voice and Tobey gradually slipped out of the limelight. An interesting video (3 min) is here