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What is Neo-Expressionism?

Painting by Art League artist Meg Mackenzie.
Painting by Art League artist Meg Mackenzie, from the June 2012 “CON(text)” exhibit.

We’ve been getting a lot of questions in the Gallery about the theme for our June exhibit, “Neo-Expressionism.” To help our member artists get a feel for this historical movement and how it can inspire their submissions for the exhibit — the fifth in our 60th anniversary series — our Gallery director, Rose O’Donnell, is giving a presentation next week with an overview of Neo-Expressionism.

Underground #9 by October's solo artist, .
Underground #9 by October’s solo artist, Leslie Nolan.

For a general sense of what the term means, see MOCA’s glossary or this summary from the exhibit prospectus:

Neo-Expressionism refers to the movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s that emerged in Europe as a reaction against Minimalism and Conceptual Art. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel and David Salle brought back recognizable imagery combined with the broad gestures of the Abstract Expressionists. Through painting, sculpture, photography and collage, Neo-Expressionists were characterized by a return to recognizable and realistic images combined with the broad gestures typical of the abstract expressionists.

To sign up for this free lecture, just click here to RSVP on Eventbrite. We’re excited about this exhibit, juried by writer and educator Kim Levin, and can’t wait to see what our artists submit!


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