Paul Feeley (19101966) is a towering figure in postwar American modernism. His legendary tenure as head of the art department at Bennington College and resulting associations with the likes of Lawrence Alloway, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Jackson Pollock, and David Smith informed his unique approach to painting as an open-ended proposition. Represented during his lifetime by the Betty Parsons Gallery and honored posthumously by a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, he is the subject of this timely new publication, which accompanies a major exhibition organized by the Albright- Knox Art Gallery and the Columbus Museum of Art.
In addition to color plates of all works in the exhibitionnearly one hundred paintings, works on paper, and sculpturesthis volume features essays by exhibition curators Douglas Dreishpoon and Tyler Cann, as well as poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein, and an illustrated chronology by academic and granddaughter of the artist Cary Cordova. From his early Abstract Expressionistinspired paintings to his organic, anthropomorphic figureground compositions and later diagrammatical, hard-edged works, Imperfections by Chance charts the full range of Feeley’s influential life and career.
The accompanying exhibition opens at The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, October 22, 2015January 10, 2016
Preface and Acknowledgments by Douglas Dreishpoon
Imperfections by Chance by Douglas Dreishpoon
Breaking Space: Paul Feeley in Three Dimensions by Tyler Cann
Influence from Beyond / Beyond Influence: The Afterlife of Paul Feeley’s Art by Raphael Rubinstein
Works in the Exhibition
Tracing a Life: A Feeley Chronology by Cary Cordova
Art Policy for Bennington College by Paul Feeley
“A fine addition to academic, art school, museum, and larger public library art book collections”—ARLIS/NA Reviews
A fine addition to academic, art school, museum, and larger public library art book collections”—ARLIS/NA Reviews