Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Deconstructing' recalls early abstract expressionists.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

* Exhibition conjures ambience of beatnik hangouts in '50s, '60s

Lilly Fenichel was an abstract expressionist when you had to wear turtleneck jerseys and drink black coffee by candlelight while writing "beat" poetry to be taken seriously.

Her 15-piece solo exhibition at Exhibit 208, "Deconstructing the Surface," is a pleasant reminder of the birth of the first truly American art movement during the 1950s.

Though she has evolved as an artist, her work executed from 1996 to 1999 has aesthetic tendrils and roots that still pull sustenance from Clyfford Still, Ed Corbett and other early founders of California's rendition of New York critic Harold Rosenberg's action painting also known as abstract expressionism.

Fenichel's painting does not fit in with the drips and splashes practiced by New Yorkers like Willem DeKooning and Jackson Pollock. …

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