Here Come the Irascibles

Colquitt Gallery Row Reenacts an Art Legend

Catherine D. Anspon
July 23, 2013

New York, 1950. Twenty-eight abstract painters came together to protest the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lack of commitment to the avant-garde. Fifteen in the group were recorded for posterity in a photo later branded as The Irascibles, snapped by lensman Nina Leen. The resulting image reveals reams about the talents who propelled Manhattan in the postwar years. In the front, Mark Rothko, at the back Willem de Kooning, and only one woman made it into the picture (Hedda Sterne). Flash forward 60 years, and the action moves to another in-the-making art capital: Colquitt Gallery Row’s impactful new arrival Peveto orchestrated a reenactment of the original Irascibles, told from a unique Houston point of view. Founder Scott Peveto’s premise reached beyond the talents at our epicenter, to include a broader definition of creatives who make our town’s visual world go. Take a look at who turned up in this photograph snapped by Shau Lin Hon.