In the 1940s, Tobey’s "white writing" and "all-over line" was associated with Jackson Pollock’s poured painting technique. Tobey said that with his calligraphic technique, "I could paint the frenetic rhythms of the modern city, something I couldn’t even approach with Renaissance techniques."
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Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Tobey '44
[Willard Gallery, New York, by 1947–52; sold in November 1952 to Steinberg]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg, Chicago (1952–2006; her gift to MMA)
Art Institute of Chicago. "Abstract and Surrealist American Art: Fifty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture," November 6, 1947–January 11, 1948, no. 239.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Symbolism in Painting," May–December 1948.
US Pavilion. Biennale Internationale d'Arte di Venezia. "XXIX Biennale di Venezia," June 14–October 19, 1958, no. 45.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Mark Tobey," September 12–November 4, 1962, no. 30.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Mark Tobey," December 11, 1962–January 13, 1963, no. 30.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Mark Tobey," February 22–March 24, 1963, no. 30.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. "Mark Tobey," March 19–May 8, 1966, no. 17.
Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover. "Mark Tobey," May 19–June 26, 1966, no. 17.
Kunsthalle Bern. "Mark Tobey," July 9–September 4, 1966, no. 17.
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. "Mark Tobey," September 16–October 23, 1966, no. 18.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. "Mark Tobey Retrospective," March 20–April 21, 1968, no. 29.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 41).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 17, 2007–February 3, 2008, extended to March 2, 2008, no. 18.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. "Mark Tobey: Threading Light," May 6–September 17, 2017, unnumbered cat. (pl. 33).
Hilton Kramer. "Modernist Show Moves Met Firmly into Art of 20th Century." New York Times (May 22, 1981), p. C21.
Debra Bricker Balken inAbstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger, and Nan Rosenthal. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 57–59, no. 18, ill. (color).
Debra Bricker Balken. Mark Tobey: Threading Light. Exh. cat., Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Andover, Mass., 2017, pp. 76, 193, ill. (color), colorpl. 33.
Mario Naves. "'Mark Tobey: Threading Light' at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection." newcriterion.com. June 21, 2017, ill. (color).
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Mark Tobey (American, Centerville, Wisconsin 1890–1976 Basel)
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