Interview with Susan Crile by Edward J. Sullivan
The Spanish-born painter, collagist and sculptor Esteban Vicente (1903-2001) is one of Abstract Expressionism’s most independent-minded artists, and yet still among its most neglected figures. Illuminated by a plein-air warmth of color, his Matisse-like paper collages and paintings express an ease of touch, replacing gestural angst with love of materials. Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculpture by Esteban Vicente provides a major reassessment of Vicente’s career, focusing on his collages and assemblage-like sculptures. Alongside essays by Daniel Haxall and Edward J. Sullivan, the volume also includes selections from interviews conducted by Sullivan with Vicente’s friends and colleagues Irving Sandler and Elizabeth Frank, as well as with several of his best-known students: Chuck Close, Dorothea Rockburne and Susan Crile.