VIVIAN SPRINGFORD: Stain Paintings, 1960-80

32 East 67 St., September 11 - October 24, 2014

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In the 1950’s Springford received critical acclaim for her Abstract Expressionist black paintings that revealed an acute understanding of Chinese calligraphy which she melded into her action paintings. Around 1961 she transitioned to a method of staining her canvases. She took a step further with the exploration of abstracting forms in nature that predecessors such as Georgia O’Keeffe had begun in the 1920’s.


Sublime, joyous, mysterious—these stain paintings elicit immeasurable emotions and take us on journeys into infinite realms of possibilities like nature itself. Taylor | Graham proudly introduces an exhibition of the remarkable stain canvases of Vivian Springford.