Art: Seattle Tangler

Mark Tobey,* one of the Northwest's strangest and most famed painters, last week got the top recognition of his 60 years: San Francisco staged a big retrospective show in his honor. The pictures on exhibit dated back to 1917, when Tobey was painting reasonably realistic and somewhat prosaic still lifes and portraits. Since then, he has taken to reducing scenes and figures to luminous scribbles and to producing out & out abstractions—loose, slippery tangles of white lines that look as if they might have been inspired by a dish of spaghetti.

The exhibition catalogue quoted Tobey as explaining that "multiple space bounded...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!