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News: EVENT | Film Screening & Discussion: “Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell”, June 15, 2024

EVENT | Film Screening & Discussion: “Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell”

June 15, 2024

Film Screening & Discussion:

“Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell”

On Saturday, June 29th at 12:00pm, join us at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum for a screening and discussion of the documentary film, “Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell,” about the lives and work of two accomplished but unsung Washington-based African American artists who were united by their love for each other, their dedication to their art, and their passion for teaching. Hilda Wilkinson Brown (1894-1981) graduated from M Street High School (later known as Dunbar), earned her BA from Howard University and MA from Columbia University, and then served as head of art education at Miner Teachers College for nearly 40 years. Her niece Lilian Thomas Burwell (1927-) attended Dunbar High School, Pratt Institute, DC Teachers’ College, and Catholic University, and later taught in the DC Public Schools, including at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The film will be followed by a discussion with:

Saturday, June 29th
12:00pm-2:00pm
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

REGISTER HERE (recommended, but not required): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-discussion-kindred-spirits-tickets-917410187567

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News: ARTICLE | Four Overlooked Women Abstract Expressionists Are Spotlighted in London, June 14, 2024 - Jo Lawson-Tancred for Artnet

ARTICLE | Four Overlooked Women Abstract Expressionists Are Spotlighted in London

June 14, 2024 - Jo Lawson-Tancred for Artnet

 

a black and white photograph of a middle aged woman standing in front of a painting.
 
Four Overlooked Women Abstract Expressionists Are Spotlighted in London

The exhibition shows how the principles of Abstract Expression

Perle Fine 

Perle Fine in her New York studio in c. 1963. Photo: Maurice Berezov, courtesy of Perle Fine Estate and Gazelli Art House, © AE Artworks.

Born in Boston in 1905 to Russian immigrant parents, Fine showed an early interest in art and moved to New York in her early twenties to pursue an education at the Art Students League. There she opted to study under the renowned German-born artist Hans Hofmann, who was instrumental in developing the formal breakthroughs that defined European movements like Cubism into a more gestural, expressive style. Over time, Fine cultivated a number of high-profile collectors including Museum of Modern Art founding director Alfred Barr, art director and publisher Emily Hall Tremaine, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, but also supported her practice by working as a gallerist.

By 1945, Fine had developed an interest in nonrepresentational art and joined the American Abstract Artists group. Five years later, Willem de Kooning nominated her to join “the Club,” a members-only meeting place on 8th Street where a tight-knit community of artists met to socialize, plan, and debate. The group selected her to participate in the historic Ninth Street Show, which featured artists like Philip Guston, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, and Barnett Newman; the show established Abstract Expressionism as a major American art movement. Fine exhibited in all six of the subsequent annual invite-only exhibitions until 1957.

In 1968, Fine noted that collage helped her learn how construct a composition. “When you do something to that white paper, when you put one or two forms on that white paper, that simple sheet of white paper can become one of the most beautiful things in the world if those forms are put in there in such a way as to involve every inch of that from top to bottom and from left to right,” she said. “Which is something I never was as aware of as when I worked this out in collage and later in painting. So that another great truth about art was revealed to me in this way!”

After many years living with Alzheimer’s, Fine died of pneumonia aged 83 on May 31, 1988.

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News: NEWS | Berry Campbell at The Armory Show 2024, June  6, 2024

NEWS | Berry Campbell at The Armory Show 2024

June 6, 2024


View of the Armory Show, New York, 2023. Photo: Vincent Tullo/The Armory Show.

The Armory Show announces 235 leading international galleries exhibiting in the 2024 edition, representing 35 countries. New York’s Art Fair will return for its fourth year at the Javits Center September 6–8, with a VIP Preview on September 5.

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News: ARTICLE | How Artists are Uniting to Defeat Donald Trump at the Polls, June  1, 2024 - Rio Tazewell for the Art Newspaper

ARTICLE | How Artists are Uniting to Defeat Donald Trump at the Polls

June 1, 2024 - Rio Tazewell for the Art Newspaper

 

Art has the power to transform the world. It reaches people in ways that conventional language cannot. It shapes culture and drives political movements. Visual artists, poets, musicians and performers of all kinds hold immeasurable sway over the hearts and minds of people worldwide, and have since the dawn of civilisation.

Today, the US stands at an unprecedented and dangerous crossroads. Our nation’s nearly 250-year-old democracy is under siege from enemies both foreign and domestic, and the results of our presidential election in November will forever shape the future of our country, our democracy and the modern world as we know it. This is where art meets activism.

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News: ON VIEW | Eric Dever in 'The Rains are Changing Fast' at the Heckscher Museum of Art, June  1, 2024

ON VIEW | Eric Dever in 'The Rains are Changing Fast' at the Heckscher Museum of Art

June 1, 2024

On left: Eric Dever, "Moorlands," 2022. Oil on canvas

THE RAINS ARE CHANGING FAST: NEW ACQUISITIONS IN CONTEXT

March 23, 2024 - September 1, 2024

he Rains are Changing Fast highlights new acquisitions alongside artwork that has long anchored The Heckscher Museum collection. Meredith A. Brown, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Art, is Co-Curator of the exhibition. Here, Brown provides insight into the concept behind the show, and one example of the themes of  “paired” artworks, both newly acquired and mainstays of the collection.

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News: PRESS ARTICLE | Abstract Expressionist Alice Baber Advocated for Women Artists. At Long Last, Her Own Work Is Taking the Spotlight, May  3, 2024

PRESS ARTICLE | Abstract Expressionist Alice Baber Advocated for Women Artists. At Long Last, Her Own Work Is Taking the Spotlight

May 3, 2024

black and white photograph of alice baber in her studio
Abstract Expressionist Alice Baber Advocated for Women Artists. At Long Last Her Own Work Is Taking the Spotlight

"Reverse Infinity" at Berry Campbell in New York marks the first major exhibition of works by Alice Baber in over 40 years.

Alice Baber lived, by her own account, as an artist out of sync with her times, navigating the downtown New York art scene of the 1950s and ‘60s as both insider and outsider. Her life, as she described it, existed in the “slightly uncomfortable feeling of not belonging to any place.”

A new exhibition at “Reverse Infinity” New York’s Berry Campbell aims to change that (through May 18). The exhibition is the first large-scale showing of Baber’s work in over 40 years and features a remarkable ensemble of the artist’s luminous, auric abstractions made in thin veils of radiant color. The paintings on view span from 1960 to 1982—these last works are intimate, elegant watercolors made just months before Baber’s untimely death from cancer at the age of 54. The Embarcation (1960), the earliest work in the show, meanwhile, is a stain-like almost botanical vision of purples and blues imbued with hazy atmospheric quality. Early canvases give way to more mature works, such as Blue Flotilla and Time of Day, both from 1966, platelet-like discs of colors, in deeper, often jewel-toned hues. These works can seem biomorphic or even vegetal—like looking at a plant very close up.

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News: UPCOMING EXHIBITION | Montagne at Gazelli Art House, London, May  1, 2024

UPCOMING EXHIBITION | Montagne at Gazelli Art House, London

May 1, 2024

Montagne
Gazelli Art House gathers innovative collage work from venerated artists Helen Frankenthaler, Nancy Grossman, Grace Hartigan, Lilly Fenichel, Perle Fine, Betty Parsons, Sonja Sekula, Yvonne Thomas, and Michael (Corinne) West in an exceptional survey of Abstract Expressionism.
 
Preview: May 16th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition: May 17 - July 13, 2024
Gazelli Art House, London 
 
Montage delivers a shrewd exploration of prominent Abstract Expressionist artists via a curatorial focus on assemblage, collage, and non-canvas artworks. Spotlighting Post-War artists long overlooked until recent decades, we invite audiences to experience an amalgamation of diverse artistic voices that defined an era. Amidst a notable surge of interest in twentieth-century female abstract artists, ignited by Mary Gabriel’s pivotal book Ninth Street WomenMontage offers a fresh perspective, delving into the diverse practices of women in abstraction, while also recognising Europe’s profound impact on the American Abstract Expressionist movement.
 
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