Pat Passlof: Paintings From the 50's -- Restating the Question of Meaning

December 1, 2014 11:47 PM

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Pat Passlof's writing --provided by The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation--points time and again at how significant the late 40's and early 50's were for her. Charlie Egan Gallery's 1948 Willem de Kooning exhibition provoked Passlof to track down the inspired painter. She pegged, by premonition, Black Mountain College as the most likely place to find him. This gambit paid off with de Kooning arriving as a last minute replacement instructor and by the fall of '48 Passlof was studying with him privately in a loft he arranged for her on 10th street.

The idealistic 20-year-old must have experienced a kind of vertigo plopped into the ferment of the lower Manhattan artist community. Therein, quickened by connecting with her kindred spirit/mentor and this, "...period... full of high feeling [and] inspiration for all..."1 she began to pursue the lif...

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