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Bold Marks

The Drawings of Michael West
521 West 26th Street
4 - 27 May 2022
West with her painting Creation, c. 1948 and two untitled drawings, c. 1948, photographer unknown. The Michael (Corinne) West Estate Archives
West with her painting Creation, c. 1948 and two untitled drawings, c. 1948, photographer unknown. The Michael (Corinne) West Estate Archives

Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 4, 5:00-8:00PM
RSVP REQUIRED: 
rsvp@hollistaggart.com or +1 212 628 4000

West’s drawings, in combination with her notes on art, provide an intimate record of her explorations of subjectivity and her voracious engagement with post-war art and culture

For the month of May, Hollis Taggart will occupy a space on the second floor of its W. 26th Street building. Here, on May 4, along with an exhibition of Albert Kotin, the gallery will present a focused show of works on paper by Michael Corinne West, the Abstract Expressionist painter whom the gallery has championed over the past several years. The exhibition, titled Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, follows two major solo exhibitions of the artist’s work at the gallery, Epilogue in 2021 and Space Poetry in 2020, which reintroduced audiences to West’s distinct vision and style and positioned her within the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. Michael West—born Corinne Michelle West—is recognized by art historians as a vocal and active participant in the development of this movement, bringing a highly refined personal philosophy and vision to her work.

For the month of May, Hollis Taggart will occupy a space on the second floor of its W. 26th Street building. Here, on May 4, along with an exhibition of Albert Kotin, the gallery will present a focused show of works on paper by Michael Corinne West, the Abstract Expressionist painter whom the gallery has championed over the past several years. The exhibition, titled Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, follows two major solo exhibitions of the artist’s work at the gallery, Epilogue in 2021 and Space Poetry in 2020, which reintroduced audiences to West’s distinct vision and style and positioned her within the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. Michael West—born Corinne Michelle West—is recognized by art historians as a vocal and active participant in the development of this movement, bringing a highly refined personal philosophy and vision to her work.

 

The upcoming exhibition focuses on her drawings, which capture some of her most interior expressions and suggest relationships with the drawings of Hedda Sterne, Joan Mitchell, and David Smith, as well as non-objective painting and the films of Jean-Luc Goddard. “West’s drawings, in combination with her notes on art, provide an intimate record of her explorations of subjectivity and her voracious engagement with post-war art and culture,” Jillian Russo writes in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition.

 

Despite her substantive participation in the dialogues and artistic innovations that shaped Abstract Expressionism, West’s contributions remain on the periphery of art history, like so many women of her time. With Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, the gallery continues its effort to enhance the study, understanding, and appreciation of her work. In line with recent renewed investigations of the critical contributions of female artists within the art historical canon, Hollis Taggart’s exhibit of West’s works on paper aims to rectify the omission of her practice within our understanding of Abstract Expressionism.

 

“Our gallery has always been inspired by untold stories of art and artists. Across our more than 40-year history, we have renewed commercial interest and driven scholarship about numerous artists, including Leon Berkowitz, Audrey Flack, Marjorie Strider, Kay Sage, Idelle Weber, and Michael Corinne West.  This spring season captures our ongoing engagement with expanding the narratives of art history by illuminating the voices of those artists that have been lost to time but are so deserving of recognition. It also represents an important solidification of the gallery’s vision and approach—one that we feel is essential to the understanding of contemporary art dialogues. We look forward to engaging visitors with the work of these incredible artists and to furthering new study of their practices,” said Hollis Taggart.

 

For more information about Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West, please contact us at info@hollistaggart.com or +1 212.628.4000.

 

For press inquiries, please contact Alina Sumajin, PAVE Communications & Consulting at alina@paveconsult.com, + 1 646.369.2050.

Artworks

Installation Views

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Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
Installation view: Bold Marks: The Drawings of Michael West
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