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In the decades following the Second World War, European and American artists developed a wide range of strategies and approaches to abstract painting and sculpture. This summer, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will present Gesture, Scrape, Combine, Calculate: Postwar Abstraction from the Permanent Collection, showcasing more than a dozen large-scale yet rarely seen works that span gestural and lyrical abstraction, color-field painting, hard-edge abstraction, assemblage and other movements.
Organized by Meredith Malone, associate curator of the Kemper Art Museum, Gesture, Scrape, Combine, Calculate will complement the selection of abstract works on view in the museum’s Bernoudy Permanent Collection Gallery. Highlights will include Arshile Gorky’s lyrical Golden Brown (1943-44), which suggests subtle figuration as well as the topography surrounding the artist’s Connecticut home; Gene Davis's vibrant stripe painting Equinox (1965), which delicately balances warm and cool color bands; and Anne Truitt’s Prima (1978), a freestanding wood column exactingly covered in multiple coats of semigloss paint, which deftly navigates color-field and minimalist approaches.
Other highlights will include Alberto Burri’s Gran Ferro M1 (1958), a raw assemblage of welded iron. Sam Francis’ Floating Blue (1959) depicts a maze of loosely applied skeins of paint that coalesce into an island of blue amidst an ocean of white. John McCracken’s Mandala VI (1972) implies both the meditative practices of Tibetan Buddhism and the aggressive clarity of modern corporate logotypes.
Also on view will be works by Max Bill, John Chamberlain, Pietro Consagra, Alan Davie, Richard Diebenkorn, Ibram Lassaw, Conrad Marca-Relli, Roberto Matta, Allan McCollum and Jules Olitski.
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Gesture, Scrape, Combine, Calculate
Kurator: Meredith Malone
Künstler: Arshile Gorky, Gene Davis, Anne Truitt, Alberto Burri, Sam Francis, John McCracken, Max Bill, John Chamberlain, Pietro Consagra, Alan Davie, Richard Diebenkorn, Ibram Lassaw, Conrad Marca-Relli, Roberto Matta, Allan McCollum, Jules Olitski ...