Weston, who had taken on the cause of government
support for the arts and artists, was better known
internationally in the late 1950s for his
political work than for his painting. Weston’s
realism was played out, and he needed a fresh idiom.
With a long and respected career behind him and
in his mid-60s he was nevertheless inspired to
experiment while staying on the Isle of Rhodes,
Greece. Ultimately, he arrived at abstraction not
through expressionism but through the precision
technique he had been using for twenty years.
He bore down on nature’s microcosm, transforming
its patterns into rhythmic abstractions. A weathered
fungus, an insect-ridden stick, or stones from
Canada’s Gaspé Peninsula became his
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Webs of Space, 1964, brush drawing
on paper. Private collection.
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