Fogel’s Texas paintings reflect a post WWII maturity, honed by Depression era murals done with Rivera, Shahn, and Gorky. A pioneer of industrial synthetic paint, Fogel joined the new art faculty at the University of Texas in 1946. His midcentury biomorphic shapes contain stone-like mimetic interiors, nature framed in abstraction. Later geometric murals employ intersecting directional lines that suggest arcs of rockets piercing outer space. Fogel’s last works are contemplative, reductive forms, rendered in parallel with Color Field issues of the time.
~ Thomas Motley
images courtesy of The Grace Museum