Up with in
On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Painter Frederick Hammersley was one of the original “Four Abstract Classicists,” who exibited their groundbreaking geometric abstractions in a 1959 exhibition of the same name. Hammersley’s hard-edge paintings are buoyant arrangements of shape and color, and the work Up with in is a characteristic example of what the artist termed a “Hunch” painting. To compose his “Hunch” paintings, Hammersley would work in an unplanned manner, instincutally laying down one form and complimenting it with another, and so on. Through this process, Hammersley created the intuitive and lively pieces that comprise the “Hunch” series of 1953 to 1959.