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Ed Clark

Weiss, Berlin (SP29)

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Ed Clark, Untitled, 1996-7. Courtesy: the artist and Weiss Berlin

Ed Clark, Untitled, 1996-7. Courtesy: the artist and Weiss Berlin

Ed Clark, one of the most important artists of the New York School, produced abstract paintings of extraordinary beauty and significance. His expressionist style is a product of his influential experience as an artist in postwar Paris and New York. Mixing and layering rich hues in varying consistencies and forms, Clark’s work incorporates color, light, texture, and movement in gestural forms ranging from explosive to subtle.

Clark developed new approaches to painting such as using everyday objects and physical activities such as sweeping with a broom in the production of paintings to produce large, controlled strokes over a canvas on the floor or fabricating shaped paintings. Works such as “Rainbow” demonstrate this technique, with bright green and purple, and soft pink colliding and being brushed onto with white, the absence of color heightening the presence and movement of the spectral colors. Thick waves of black in the background of the composition juxtapose the tints of the paint, magnifying their exuberance.

91 years of age, Clark’s works are included in many major institutions and museums, including The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. However, despite the enormous historical and formal significance of Clark’s work and career to contemporary art, he is a neglected figure in the canon of Abstract expressionism.

Weiss Berlin will present a collection of his work that exhibits the dimensions of his artistic persona, illuminating his art historical importance.