Artist Morris Louis (1912-1962) produced 600 paintings in just eight years before succumbing to lung cancer at age 49. His method--to use acrylic paints to stain a canvas that hadn't been primed so that the color seeped into the material--was an innovation that inspired a generation of artists. Tomorrow, a retrospective that includes 28 of his major works goes on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
In a gallery this morning, members of the press gathered before his 8 foot by 11 foot Point of Tranquility (1959-60) and the equally large Where (1960). Adjacent was
"This room is an explosion of color," says Smithsonian curator Valerie Fletcher, "when you put together they talk to each other."
There's certainly an expressive dialogue going on in that gallery, and the observer comes away a richer soul for having been witness to it.
( Courtesy of the Hirshhorn: Para III , 1959, Acrylic resin on canvas, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Gift of Marcella Louis Brenner.)