1987, 32 pp., 18 color, 1 b/w illus., paperback
Essays by Dore Ashton and James Yood
The Society's retrospective exhibition of Chicago-based painter Vera Klement, brought together a body of work that represents an outstanding and ongoing artistic endeavor. This catalog documents Klement's journey from archetypal figurative motifs inspired by Munch and early German Expressionism, to music-inspired abstraction that looked to deKooning, Guston and Rothko, and later to her signature investigation of personal emotions through expressionist paint handling and abstracted figure/ground relations. Dore Ashton's catalog essay provides a biographical context in which to situate Klement's work as the memory traces of a Holocaust survivor, and a witness to the dynamic tides of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and 60s. James Yood's essay explores how the artist has maintained a privileged "outsider" status in the art world, which figures into her expressions of alienation and solitude.