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Abstraction + Love

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Located In: Hyndman Gallery, Brincka/Cross Gallery and Susan Block Gallery

Opening Reception - Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 from 5-8 PM
Curator Gallery Talk - Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 from 11:30 AM
Family Day - Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 from 1-3 PM

Beginning in the early- to mid-19th century, painters like James McNeill Whistler and John Constable, who were masters of depicting real life scenes with physical accuracy, began experimenting with abstraction. Replicating reality was no longer of primary interest to the avant-garde. Instead, they sought to interject personal expression, psychology, mysticism and other philosophies into their artworks to “make something new.” Abstraction took dozens of forms in the 20th century. The emergence of collage, assemblage, hard edge and color field painting made their way into the Western canon as well.

This exhibition provides a glimpse of where several, mostly Midwestern, contemporary artists have taken abstraction in the 21st century. From the works of Bernard Williams and Sarah Krepp, which are more solidly rooted in historic forms, to the quirky experimental works by Edwin P. Shelton and Roland Santana, to the expressive, humorous animation of Selina Trepp and colorful, unruly inflatables by Claire Ashley, each artist has developed a personal artistic language using varied art making materials, experimentation, upbeat optimism and a big dose of love!

A special thank you to DePaul Art Museum and Midwestern Museum of American Art

Artwork Shown: Bernard Williams, 5603261, 2015, Acrylic o/c, 75 x 104 in.

Exhibiting Artists: