Figurative Expressionism at the Armory Modern

Bob Thompson's "Stairway to the Stars," c.1962, oil and photostat on Masonite, 40" x 60" at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery's booth at the Armory Modern Show

Bob Thompson’s “Stairway to the Stars,” c.1962, oil and photostat on Masonite, 40″ x 60″ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s booth at the Armory Modern Show

In recent years, I’ve been noticing a trend of Figurative Expressionist paintings at the Modern Armory Show on Pier 92. This year especially, prominent works by Figurative Expressionist artists were on view. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, a major force in the post-war figurative painting market, displayed an excellent group of Bob Thompson paintings as well as a Benny Andrews collage and oil painting.

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Lester Johnson’s “Bathers in Milford,” 1965, oil on canvas, 82″ x 92″ shown by David Klein Gallery.

David Klein Gallery from Detroit displayed an incredible and rare double sided panel by Thompson called The Expulsion, as well as a great group of large scale 1960s paintings by Lester Johnson.

David Park, "Red Man in Striped Shirt," 1959, Oil on canvas, 18" × 14" at Hackett Mill.

David Park, “Red Man in Striped Shirt,” 1959, Oil on canvas, 18″ × 14″ at Hackett Mill.

San Fransisco’s Hackett Mill had a very nice curated display of Bay Area Figurative Expressionist David Park’s paintings in their booth.

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