Beyond Istanbul

Beyond Istanbul


Susan Crile

(American, 1942-)

Oil on canvas

Overall: 157.5 x 104.7 cm (62 x 41 1/4 in.)

Gift of Judy Collins 2004.44



Inspired by mosaic, architectural details, and exotic patterns observed on her travels, Susan Crile
exploits repetitive motifs and decorative details in her painting. Beyond Istanbul may initially appear as
an abstract pattern of form and color, but the title reveals that this image shows a section of a Turkish
rug, perhaps draped over an upright surface. Stretching and compressing planar forms into
dynamic compositions magnifies Crile’s concern for spatial complexity. Here her manner of depicting
an object for both its formal structure and abstract beauty challenges the viewer’s perception. Like
Henri Matisse, Crile uses pattern to demonstrate how color and form can suggest movement and
spatial depth.

See also
CONTEMP - Painting
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Gift of Judy Collins

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