by Phyllis Wiener
This 44-by-54-inch painting comes from one of Minnesota’s first female abstract painters, Phyllis Wiener. The pioneering artist often worked with bright colors, but here we see a more subdued side of her. A lifelong learner, Wiener’s style shifted throughout her seven-decade career, ranging from more figurative to more abstract and encompassing painting, textile patterns, sculpture and even accordion-fold books. Here we see her turn her attention to landscapes, with this painting of a Mexican vista. Wiener had some first-person familiarity with the country, as she studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in 1960, in addition to studying with painter Cameron Booth for years at the University of Minnesota.
Donated by the Minneapolis Women’s Rotary Club