Frank Wimberley: Ab-Ex Renewed

Frank Wimberley, Bayou, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 inches (courtesy Spanie
Frank Wimberley, Bayou, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 inches (courtesy Spanierman Modern, New York)

Piri Halasz reviews the exhibition Frank Wimberley at Spanierman Modern, New York, on view through January 14, 2012.

Halasz notes that "in addition to using the brushes that Kline and de Kooning used, Wimberley...has adapted many devices that they never employed. His built-up surfaces are achieved with the aid of pumice, his brushes are sometimes made of steel wire as opposed to hair or fiber, and when he doesn't get the effect he wants with any of his brushes, he slathers on the paint with spatulas instead. His color sense is bold and straightforward."