Art: Human Image in Abstraction

Whether they splash haphazardly or brush minutely, abstract expressionists have one basic common bond: a conscious disregard for subject matter. Yet this week, at the generally abstract Signa Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., a show of oils (and a few sculptures) by abstraction's top disciples is grouped under one unifying theme of content—"The Human Image."

The show was organized by Signa's three painter-directors, John Little, Elizabeth Parker, Alfonso Ossorio, each of whom holds a respectable niche in the expressionist movement. "We thought of this theme," said Ossorio, whose Reconciler is one of the exhibit's highlights, "because we knew that among our group...