Featuring works from the Museum’s permanent collection, Expressive Abstractions charts the significant innovations in painting, sculpture, and performance that shaped artistic production in the Americas and East Asia in the mid-twentieth century. The exhibition will re-evaluate the art historical legacy of the era to encompass the simultaneous and intersecting strands of international movements including Japanese Gutai and Mono-ha, Korean Dansaekhwa, and Brazilian Neoconcretism. Expressive Abstractions also highlights the integral influence of Black and female artists working in abstraction in this period, complicating common understandings of the canonic Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Color Field movements in the United States.
Admission is FREE.
Expressive Abstractions: A New Look at Postwar Art in the Americas and East Asia is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Image: Shozo Shimamoto, Untitled - Whirlpool, 1965, oil on canvas, The Rachofsky Collection and the Dallas Museum of Art through the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund, 2012.1.3, © Shozo Shimamoto Association. Naples; Sam Gilliam, Leaf, 1970, acrylic on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Timothy C. Headington, 2016.45, © 2020 Sam Gilliam / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Raquel Forner, Apocalypsis, 1955, oil on composition board, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase, 1959.47. Courtesy Forner-Bigatti Foundation-Argentina; Jackson Pollock, Cathedral, 1947, enamel and aluminum paint on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Reis, 1950.87, © 2020 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York