Sarah Canright Wallpaper with View 1968 oil on canvas 26 x 20 inches
Sarah Canright Double Take 1969 oil on canvas 32 x 29 inches
One of the great abstract painters associated with the Chicago Imagist tradition, Sarah Canright hit her stride in the late 1960s. A series of her increasingly pale, subtle oils melded pattern and biomorphism. In retrospect, they’re proto-feminist paintings – the post-Duchampian, headless, handless, footless, spread-eagled women pictured against a woven or braided backdrop of quietly vibrating hues. Canright showed these works in the second of two Nonplussed Some exhibits at the Hyde Park Art Center in 1969, alongside her husband Ed Flood, Ed Paschke, Richard Wetzel, and curator/artist Don Baum.