Alissa Blumenthal: works from the 1970s


By the beginning of the 1970s, Blumenthal employed her “secret language” of abstraction to encode messages, complex narratives or poems on canvases whose intended meaning remains elusive today. Despite the Modernist premise of her work, she might have stumbled on the postmodern idea of endless interpretation: the forever incomplete and circular reasoning always turning back to itself to generate new meanings.

  • "Down, below", oil on canvas, 12 x 24 in., ca. 1970s

  • "The plum, I suppose", oil on canvas, 12 x 24 in., ca. 1970s

  • "Westward, freshness", oil on canvas, 12 x 24 in., ca. 1970s

  • "that I might touch", oil on canvas, 12 x 24'', ca. 1970s

  • Tetrameter (1), oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in., 2015

  • Tetrameter (3), oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in., 2015

  • Tetrameter (4), oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in., 2015

  • Tetrameter (2), oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in., 2015

  • "Here are my reasons", oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in., ca. 1970s

  • "Exaggerated initiatives", oil on canvas, 58 x 36 in., ca. 1970s

  • "Class struggles", oil on canvas, 54 x 36 in., ca. 1970s

  • "Process without the subject", oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in., ca. 1970s