Why Do I Warm to These Two Paintings?

Rosalyn Drexler’s “Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health” (1967) in a show at the David Nolan Gallery focusing on four female art dealers who helped shape the scene on the Upper East Side. Credit… Garth Greenan Gallery.

Rosalyn Drexler’s elegant painting, “Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health,” is stuck with a lumbering title but sings, nevertheless. I would give it a chill name such as “Composition in Vermilion on Black,” or one with saucy innuendo like “Afterglow.”

Alex Katz, “February” (1963). Katz was represented by Eleanor Ward at her Stable Gallery. Credit… Peter Blum Gallery.

Alex Katz’s “February” is, according to the reviewer, “an all-gray, poetic painting of a tall window in an empty room.” I couldn’t have said it better, but the painting says it best.

Both works have qualities I most admire and miss in my own efforts: terseness and audacity.

(Deborah Solomon, “Mad for Art: A Look Back and Up the Avenue at Women Gallerists,” New York Times, 10-6-22)

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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. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Why Do I Warm to These Two Paintings?

  1. I do like these paintings very much – thank you Jim.

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    • JMN says:

      I’m glad they appeal to you as well, Sue! I don’t know what attracts me to a picture exactly, but it’s usually some way of seeing and recording what’s seen that I would like to emulate somehow. Thanks and regards.

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