Elmer Bischoff: Figurative Paintings
Large, moody, startlingly strong paintings, made between 1953 and 1972, argue for greater recognition for the Bay Area peer of Richard Diebenkorn and David Park. Bischoff countered Abstract Expressionism (which he knew first hand, as a student of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko) with a stubborn loyalty to figuration. His style might be termed Neo-Expressionist, avant la lettre, but with deep roots in modern traditions. Smoldering color and furious brushwork lend as much drama to a domestic scene, “Girl Getting a Haircut” (1962), as to a grand sea view, “Figure at Window with Boat” (1966). You feel as much as see the art. It feels like joy under pressure. Through Aug. 14.