Debra Bricker Balken is an independent curator and author who has organized numerous exhibitions on subjects relating to American modernism and contemporary art for major museums nationally.
"... it can only be hoped that this moving, thought-provoking show
will go some way to restoring Tobey to his right place in the story
of 20th-century art."
--Rob Weinberg, Apollo
"This exhibition excavates Tobey as a global artist for now,
concerend with east-west fusion--Japanese calligraphy was a key
influence--and eastern philosophical belief in spiritual
--Jackie Wullschlager, The Financial Times "Tobey's accomplishment was to generate an overall, organically wiry calligraphic approach that exuded a gauzy poetry. Unlike Pollock's more stentorian all-over paintings, Tobey's quietly beckon the viewer to come in."
--Peter Plagens, The Wall Street Journal "Tobey's work is subjective, but he wasn't excavating his psyche the way his Abstract Expressionist colleagues were, and his Baha'i faith simmers through his paintings. His white writing might be divinity itself."
--Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe