Frank Owen, American, born 1939. Untitled, 1986. Acrylic on canvas, 105 x 105 inches. Gift of Geri and Mason Haupt, 2016.52

Pure Abstraction

October 17, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Temporary Exhibition Gallery Hodge Gallery

Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, artists began exploring the effects of creating purely abstract images where any likeness to a narrative would be coincidental. By composing expressive applications of color, line, and form, that intentionally had no subject, artists found that viewers would experience sensations and feelings not unlike those they have when listening to music. The movement evolved, taking on many forms and leading up to its zenith in mid-century when artists were characterized by powerfully expressive techniques of heavy gestural applications. Artists of the late 20th century through today sought new approaches and methods to maximize the medium’s emotional and expressive potential.

From the Exhibition

  • Freidel Dzubas, American, born Germany, 1915–1994. Heartland, 1983. Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches. Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. William S. White, 2013.17

  • Leon Berkowitz, American, 1915–1987. Cathedral #13, 1968. Oil on canvas, 90 x 72 inches. Museum purchase, 1969.44

  • Ray Parker, American, 1922 – 1990. Untitled, 1980. Oil on canvas, 90 × 218 inches. Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. William S.White 2013.16

  • Tino Zago, American, born Italy, 1937. Primavera #12, 1993. Oil on canvas, 42 x 72 inches. Gift of Jesse Karp, 2010.237

  • Roy Lerner, American, born 1954. Getting Traction I, 1994. Acrylic, gel medium and screen on canvas, 57 1/2 x 33 inches. Museum purchase, 2000.51

  • Tony King, American, born 1944. Black Totem, 1974. Acrylic and casein on canvas. 96 x 48 inches. Gift of the Friends of Modern Art, 1976.9