Women and The Void Exhibition of Abstract Expressionist works on Paper at Huxley-Parlour, London in 2022

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16.2 – 9.3 2022

Women and The Void: Abstract Expressionism on Paper

Women and The Void: Abstract Expressionism on Paper

16.02 – 09.03.2022

Includes:AbbottBongéDeFeoFineRyanThomasWestWorks (20)

Closed

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE

Women and the Void: Abstract Expressionism on Paper displays 21 works on paper by women working in abstraction between 1945 – 1970.

Includes: Mary Abbott, Dusti Bongé, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Anne Ryan, Alma Thomas, Michael West

Both the post-war action painters and the colour field Abstract Expressionists shared the same common belief: that following the war and the surrealist movement, abstract painting was able to achieve a transcendentalism that figurative painting could not. As Barnett Newman stated in 1948, ‘Instead of making cathedrals out of Christ, man, or ‘‘life’’, we are making it out of ourselves, out of our own feelings’. How can we reconcile this narrative with a distinct lack of women and painters of colour in the canon?

The exhibition comes at a unique time when there is a burgeoning interest in the plight of twentieth-century female abstract artists, both amongst revisionist scholars and museum curators, popularised by Mary Gabriel’s 2018 book, Ninth Street Women. Huxley-Parlour’s exhibition builds on a this project by focusing on works beyond painting: all works are on paper and at a smaller scale than is generally associated with Abstract Expressionism. The exhibition, too, explores the practises of women in abstraction beyond the mainstream big five.

The Exhibition

8

The Works

20

1

Mary Abbott

Untitled (Abstract Drawing), 1956

Graphite on paper

2

Mary Abbott

Spring, c. 1960

Pastel on paper

3

Mary Abbott

Untitled, 1951

Oil and pencil on paper

4

Mary Abbott

Untitled, 1951

Oil and oilstick on paper

5

Dusti Bongé

Untitled (Black Lines and Curve), c. 1960

Ink on paper

6

Dusti Bongé

Untitled (Black Trapezoid with Rouge), c. 1950

Watercolour on paper

7

Dusti Bongé

Untitled (Black Abstract), 1966

Pen and ink on paper

8

Jay DeFeo

Untitled (Florence), 1952

Tempera on paper

9

Jay DeFeo

Untitled (Berkeley), 1953

Tempera and acrylic with paper collage on rag board

10

Jay DeFeo

Untitled (Florence), 1952

Tempera on paper

11

Perle Fine

Untitled, 1958

Ink on paper

12

Perle Fine

Study for Fireworks, 1945

Gouache on board

13

Anne Ryan

Untitled, 1951

Mixed media collage on paper

14

Alma Thomas

Untitled, c. 1960

Watercolour on paper

15

Alma Thomas

Untitled, c. 1960

Watercolour on paper

16

Michael West

Untitled, 1970

Enamel on oak tag paper

17

Michael West

Separation, 1973

Charcoal on paper

18

Michael West

Object, 1964

Charcoal and graphite on paper

19

Michael West

Head, 1955

Charcoal on paper

20

Michael West

Directions, 1976

Charcoal on paper

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