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Abstract Expressionism Revisited: Exhibit and Lecture

Detail from Action Painting by Art League instructor Brenda Belfield

Abstract Expressionism Revisited
January 8 – February 3, 2014
Receiving: January 6 – 7
Juror: Anne Marchand

The works selected for for this exhibit will honor the artwork created during the great 1950s Abstract Expressionist movement. Non-representational, non-objective imagery, and unconventional approaches to creating images are encouraged, but not required. Members can enter any work to be considered for exhibit. For a full prospectus, click here. (Image: detail from Action Painting by Brenda Belfield)

“Abstract Expressionism Revisited” kicks off a series of seven exhibits celebrating The Art League’s 60th anniversary in 2014. The series will bring us through art movements from the 1950s to present day, starting with Abstract Expressionism.

Works that don’t fit the theme can still be entered, but we want to encourage everyone to join in and try something new for these exhibits — so we’ll be continuing to pin inspiration, and any tips we can, to the Pinterest board “Inspiration for AL Exhibits”:

Abstract expressionism is most closely associated with painters, but artists in any medium can take inspiration from pictographs, Jungian psychology, and the artist’s gesture — “directness and immediacy of expression.” Think of the famous term “action painting,” coined by art critic Harold Rosenberg, and replace “painting” with your own medium.

January also marks the kickoff of our 60th Anniversary Lecture Series. Dr. Claudia Rousseau will give a presentation on Abstract Expressionism on Thursday, January 23, at 1:00 pm:

Join us for a free presentation on this important artistic movement and the artists working both locally and nationally during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Dr. Rousseau received her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University. She currently is a professor of Art History and Montgomery College. She has written extensively on Italian Renaissance art and Modern Art. Rousseau often curates and juries exhibits. She juried for The Target Gallery in April 2013 and was a solo juror for The Art League in October 2012. To register please call or e-mail the gallery, gallery@theartleague.org or sign up on Eventbrite.

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