Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter



This is a catalogue for an exhibition held January 22 - May 21, 2016 at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and August 28 - December 23, 2016 at Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, curated by Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Includes essays by Stebbins and Paul Spillenger.

Ray Spillenger studied with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College during the summer of 1948. This exhibition comprises two decades of his work from the BMC era to the late 1960s. Spillenger's paintings demonstrate a total commitment to abstraction and a passionate love of color. After leaving Black Mountain College, Spillenger moved to New York City, where he became a member of "the Club," Cedar Tavern regular, and friend to Abstract Expressionist luminaries including Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Philip Guston. Despite significant contributions to the formation of the New York School, Spillenger did not find commercial and critical success. Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter re-examines 20th-century American art history through a corpus of work never shown to the public.

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