These eight abstract canvases by Bischoff (1916–91) reveal the roots of the boldly painted figures that the Bay Area artist became well known for in the shadow of Abstract Expressionism. With its totemic composition and dark moody colors, #3 (1948) suggests the influence of colleague Mark Rothko. Four years later, a canvas of jagged blacks and oranges looming over a blue biomorph offers Picasso strained through Bischoff’s enthusiasms for jazz and Krazy Kat comics.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2008