Broomwork

ed clark

‘Elevation,’ painted in acrylic on canvas, was also among the works in the 2018 exhibit at the Mnuchin Gallery. Credit Agaton Strom for The New York Times.

Ed Clark, dead at 93, included brooms among his brushes, and was among the first artists to use a shaped canvas.

Mr. Clark sometimes stains but mostly he wields wide brushes and even brooms, magnifying impasto and brushwork in piled-up strokes that seem to squirm on the surface,” the art critic Roberta Smith of The New York Times wrote in a 2018 review of a survey of his work. “More characteristic are broad bands and curves of color that zoom across or out of corners, achieving an almost sculptural force, as in the pale, propulsive streams of ‘Elevation’ (1992), a tumult of sound, water and paint all in one.”

(Neil Vigdor, “Ed Clark, Pioneering Abstract Expressionist Painter, Dies at 93,” NYTimes, 10-19-19)

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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