The Filipino American artist Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990) played a crucial role in fostering the development of postwar painting in America. ‘Acrobatic Babies’ (1950) is a compact and frenetic work on paper that embodies the strange and beguiling power of his extensive paintings. At first glance this tangle of white lines amid a wash of red and black looks to be an abstract image. However, on closer inspection, a pair of loosely-rendered cherubic figures can be seen.
April 28, 2017