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American Abstraction: Works from
the Washington Art Consortium Collection

Whatcom Museum of HIstory and Art:
Bellingham WA – May 13-Nov 11, 2007

Robert Ryman - Yellow Drawing 35
Robert Ryman, Yellow Drawing 35 (1963), charcoal, pencil and white pastel on ochre paper [Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham WA, May 13-Nov 11]

One of the functions of the Washington Art Consortium, an educational cooperative of seven art museums in Washington State, is the preservation of a collection of American artworks created between 1945-1975. From this collection, The Whatcom Museum, has organized American Abstraction. The exhibit presents 52 works on paper by artists who have made significant contributions to the genre of abstract art. Artists include William de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Hans Hofmann, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Richard Serra and Frank Stella.

The drawings, prints and paintings in this exhibit were created during the latter half of the 20th century when abstraction was the favoured style in America. They are presented in groupings that aim to provide different contexts in which nonrepresentational art developed. Although most of the pieces featured are not considered the most significant works by these artists, the exhibit does provide an overview of the challenges encountered by abstract artists and seeks to broaden the viewer’s understanding of the dual processes of creating and deciphering abstract art.


Allyn Cantor

 Thu, Apr 5, 2007