Imperfections by Chance

GBP £35.00



ISBN: 978-1-907804-78-6

288 Pages

265 x 215 mm (8 ½ x 10 ½ in)

110 colour and 30 b&w illustrations

In association with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

November 2015


A timely new publication charts the full range of Paul Feeley’s influential life and career

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Initiated by Janne Sirén
Organized by Douglas Dreishpoon and Tyler Cann
Essays by Tyler Cann, Douglas Dreishpoon, and Raphael Rubinstein
Chronology by Cary Cordova

Paul Feeley (1910–1966) is a towering figure in postwar American modernism. His legendary tenure as head of the art department at Bennington College and resulting associations with the likes of Lawrence Alloway, Helen Frankenthaler, Clement Greenberg, Jackson Pollock and David Smith, informed his unique approach to painting as an open-ended proposition. Represented during his lifetime by the Betty Parsons Gallery and honoured posthumously by a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, he is the subject of this timely new publication, which accompanies a major exhibition organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, opening at the Columbus Museum of Art in October 2015.

In addition to colour plates of nearly 100 paintings, works on paper and sculptures, this volume features essays by curator Douglas Dreishpoon, Tyler Cann and Raphael Rubinstein as well as an illustrated chronology by Cary Cordova. From his early Abstract Expressionist–inspired paintings to his organic, anthropomorphic figure–ground compositions and later diagrammatical, hard-edged works, Imperfections by Chance charts the full range of Feeley’s influential life and career.

Author biographies

Douglas Dreishpoon is chief curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Tyler Cann is associate curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art, OH. Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (2004), and The Miraculous (2014). He is a contributing editor at Art in America, and professor of critical studies at the University of Houston School of Art. Cary Cordova is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Texas.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Janne Sirén and Nannette V. Maciejunes
  2. Preface and Acknowledgments by Douglas Dreishpoon
  3. Imperfections by Chance by Douglas Dreishpoon
  4. Breaking Space: Paul Feeley in Three Dimensions by Tyler Cann
  5. Influence from Beyond / Beyond Influence: The Afterlife of Paul Feeley’s Art by Raphael Rubinstein
  6. Plates
  7. Works in the Exhibition
  8. Tracing a Life: A Feeley Chronology by Cary Cordova
  9. Art Policy for Bennington College by Paul Feeley
  10. Selected Exhibitions
  11. Selected Bibliography
  12. Index
  13. Photographic Credits
  14. Imprint