Paintings-collages and other works by Libbie Mark »
The National Arts Club and the Libbie Mark Provincetown Fund present The Art of the Abstract Mark: Collage Paintings and Other Works by Libbie Mark, 1950s-1960s. Nearly 30 works by abstract expressionist innovator Libbie Mark are on display until February 25.
The Art of the Abstract Mark: Collage Paintings and Other Works by Libbie Mark, 1950s-1960s, at the NAC’s iconic clubhouse on Gramercy Park in New York City, is free to the public and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A talk with art critic and author Joan Marter and LMPF curator Jennifer Uhrhane is scheduled for February 16, RSVP to attend. A color catalog is available for purchase in the gallery and at libbiemark.com.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, Mark divided his time between the artistic communities of New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. She studied and maintained relationships with important 20th century artists, including Grace Hartigan, Hans Hofmann and Vaclav Vytlacil. Throughout the 1960s, Mark was also an active participant in the Vectors, a group of artists whose members featured an unusually high female representation for the time.
Mark has created uniquely textured paintings by incorporating tissue paper and other materials into the paint. Unlike many other mid-century female artists, thanks to the support of her family, Mark was able to paint, take lessons and exhibit her work. However, this was not the case of a comfortable housewife with a hobby. The extent and duration of Mark’s artistic activity, the quality of his work, his clear will and related life decisions demonstrate his serious commitment to his art.
After nearly 80 years, the creative energy that swept through the post-war American art world still vibrates. Abstract Expressionism and its predominantly male stars continue to hold power. However, the current climate offers an opportunity for re-narrative. Mark, an understudied but innovative artist, deserves renewed attention. Although her life was cut short at 66, the work she left shows a unique freshness and verve.
For more, visit nationalartsclub.org and @libbiemarkartist on Instagram.