EXHIBIT “Janet Sobel: All-Over” at The Menil Collection

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EXHIBIT “Janet Sobel: All-Over” at The Menil Collection

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm


ON VIEW FEBRUARY 23 – AUGUST 11, 2024: Abstract paintings by Ukraine-born Janet Sobel (1893–1968) in this small show were created during the artist’s short-lived but meteoric career. Starting in 1943, leading New York dealers, collectors, and other artists began collecting her work, culminating in a solo show at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in 1946.

Sobel is the pioneer of a style known as “all-over” painting in which drips are flung around a composition, preceding Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock’s better-known use of this technique, which challenges existing narratives around mid-century modernism. Her embrace of unusual materials like enamel and sand have proven influential, especially among feminist scholars, who view her as a woman ahead of the men in her circle.

Sobel is acclaimed for her skillful use of color and densely layered compositions that spilled to the edges of the support. A selection of works on paper further expands the exhibition by demonstrating her approach to drawing, with a series of parallel linear strokes that knit foreground and background together into dense, interlocking patterns.

OPEN free of charge Wednesday–Sunday @ 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

MEMBERS PREVIEW: Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Exclusive for members, celebrate an evening full of festive cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. To RSVP, please email events@menil.org by February 15, 2024. If you are not currently a member, you can join at https://www.menil.org/support/membership


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