Sally Drummond

Reinhardt

 

, 1970
Oil on canvas, 42 1/4 x 42 1/4 in. (107.32 x 107.32 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Hazelet, 1971.12

Believed to be the first woman to earn a master's of art from the University of Louisville, Sally Hazelet Drummond was a painter and a member of the groundbreaking artist-run cooperative known as the Tanger Gallery. Raised in Evanston and Winnetka, Illinois, Drummond earned a B.S. in 1948 from Columbia University, and went on to study at the Chicago Institute of Design before ultimately transferring to the University of Louisville. After graduating. Drummond spent a year in Venice, Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to New York City, where she was surrounded by artists such as De Kooning, Rothko, and Reinhardt. Acting as a foil to the macho individualism often associated with Abstract Expressionism, Drummond produced meticulously deliberate, meditative works such as this work, perhaps named in reference to one of her contemporaries. 

The paintings of Sally Drummond and the music of Jenny Hoyston share a false minimalism. Though difficult to penetrate upon first encounter, both Hoyston's melancholy, searching songs and Drummond's subtlety radiating dotted surfaces reveal introspective depths over time.