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Exhibitions

The Essence of Form
Abstract Prints from the Permanent Collection

February 17 through April 22, 2018

On view in the Wynona W. Wilson Orientation Center and the William A. Williamson, Jr. Family Gallery

The Essence of Form represents the work of many significant artists from the modern and contemporary era found in the Museum Permanent Collection. Although primarily known as painters and sculptors, these artists found that printmaking allowed them to expand upon their individual ideas in new ways. Working in a variety of styles from loosely gestural expressions to hard-edged geometries these artists used printmaking as a way to experiment, and many embraced it as another essential way of working. Rooted in the first and second generations of Abstract Expressionism that began post World War II, and expanding into Minimalism, these prints signify the exciting advances in American art as artists embraced non-representational imagery to evoke emotions or to explore purely formal concerns such as shapes and colors.

Exhibition Preview

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007), Short Brushstrokes/Color, 1997, color sugar lift aquatint on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Association Purchase, 1997.8

 

Chryssa (American, born Greece 1933–2013), Untitled, 1978, color lithograph and screen print on handmade paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. Michael Pizitz, 1980.17.2

 

Robert Mangold (American, born 1937), Five Color Frame, 1985, color block print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Association Purchase, 2000.10.2

Cover Image:

Herb Jackson (American, born 1945), Fire (State I), 1973, color lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Association Purchase, 1974.2