Monday, September 30, 2013

Did you know Janet Sobel?

Perhaps the originator of drip painting, this Janet Sobel was the direct inspiration behind painter Jackson Pollock, who took credit for the avant-garde technique. The Ukranian-American artist was exposed in NYC a few years back by Garth Greenan gallery, but apart from that, has been mostly forgotten.

Jackson Pollock's "Number 8", 1949
Janet Sobel
A mother, and grand-mother, she borrowed her sons art materials and began painting in 1937, at the age of 43. Unfortunately, Sobel is often brushed off as a housewife, her paintings beings viewed as a hobby and nothing more. She was uncovered in an article byWilliam S. Rubin in 1967, and was exhibited next to Pollock just before her death in 1968.

For a complete overview of her life and work, read "Will the Real Janet Sobel please Stand Up?" by Libby Seaberg.

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