Michael (Corinne) West: Bold Marks

Michael (Corinne) West
4–27 May 2022

Hollis Taggart
521 West 26th Street
New York, 100101

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 recognised 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.

Michael (Corinne) West, Untitled, (c.1960s) (detail). Charcoal and pastel on paper. 29.8 x 22.9 cm.
Courtesy Hollis Taggart, New York/Southport.

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.

©2022 Michael (Corinne) West, Hollis Taggart

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