The Easel

9th July 2024

Janet Sobel

Art history knows Sobel as a “Brooklyn housewife” who was the marginalised inventor of drip painting. What should be her true status?  She was influenced by surrealism, just like Pollock and Rothko, but transformed those ideas into abstract expressionism’s foundational ‘all-over’ concept, sometimes accomplished using the drip painting technique. Misogyny and a move away from New York thwarted her progress. “History is not just a game of firsts. Innovation must be coupled with endurance.”