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Imperfections By Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954–1966

Sunday, November 9, 2014–Sunday, February 15, 2015

Paul Feeley (American, 1910–1966). Asellus, 1964. Oil-based enamel on canvas, 101 x 101 inches (256.5 x 256.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Recent Acquisition. © 2014 Estate of Paul Feeley / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

1905 Albright Building

By the time of his death, Paul Feeley (American, 1910–1966) had achieved a level of recognition that far exceeded the twelve-year trajectory of his mature work. Honored during his lifetime by multiple solo exhibitions at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Betty Parsons Gallery, and two years after his death by a full-bodied retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Feeley produced idiosyncratic abstractions that are the timely subject of a major retrospective organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Feeley’s role in spearheading the art department at Bennington College during the late 1930s is legendary. “Paul had enormous vitality,” recalled Helen Frankenthaler, one of his best students, years later during an interview with Barbara Rose. “I mean, his whole style was energy, curiosity, appetite. Everything interested him.” Feeley’s distinguished tenure at Bennington from 1939 to 1966 enabled his own artistic development through formative friendships with Lawrence Alloway, Gene Baro, Anthony Caro, Clement Greenberg, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Jackson Pollock, and David Smith.

Organized by Chief Curator Emeritus Douglas Dreishpoon, this exhibition will flesh out the full spectrum of Feeley’s creative output: early Abstract Expressionist–inspired paintings from the mid-1950s, organic figure-ground compositions from the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the diagrammatical compositions that preoccupied him from 1962 until 1966. The exhibition will also include a selection of Feeley’s fluid works on paper, as well as several painted sculptures, some of the last works he made.

This exhibition was initiated by Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Sirén and is organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Emeritus Douglas Dreishpoon and Tyler Cann, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Museum admission is required to view this special exhibition on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY

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Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6:30 pm

AK Members’ Reception
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5–7 pm

Lecture by Chief Curator Emeritus Dr. Douglas Dreishpoon: “Helen Frankenthaler and Paul Feeley: An Enduring Friendship”
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8 pm

Art’scool Educators’ Workshop: Helen Frankenthaler and Paul Feeley
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 4–6 pm

Family Workshop: Paul Feeley and Helen Frankenthaler
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11 am–1 pm

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