Frost Art Museum CUT: Abstraction in the U.S. from the 1970s to the Present – Preview

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Clara Varas Crescent (Pink and Yellow), 2017 Oil, latex, spray on wood and linen 26 × 26 inches Courtesy of the artist and Spinello Projects

When:
Thru August 25, 2019

Where:
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
Florida International University
10975 SW 17 Street.
Miami, Florida

CUT: Abstraction in the United States from 1970s to the Present examines a multi-generational group of artists who challenge painting surfaces by making cuts, carvings and indentions.

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Jeffrey Gibson, b. 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado, lives and works in Hudson, New York Study #3 (San Francisco), 2011-12 Acrylic and graphite on paper 7 1⁄2 x 11 1⁄4 inches Courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles

CUT features more than 20 artworks by leading abstract artists, including Al Loving, Elizabeth Murray and Jack Whitten, alongside younger artists such as Clara Varas, Maria de los Angeles Rodriguez Jimenez, Loriel Beltran, and Alejandro Contreras. CUT presents a diverse group of artists, 15 of the 17 are artists of color.

“This exhibition expands on narrow definitions of American art,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Frost Art Museum FIU. “For too long, the narrative of American abstraction has been limited in scope. This show reassesses what it means to be an abstract artist living and working in the United States.”

Frost’s spokesperson elaborates, “During the 20th century, many American abstract artists challenged traditional methods of art-making, using a palette knife instead of a paintbrush, soaking their canvases in diluted paint, and other ways of “cutting” that transformed their two-dimensional abstract paintings into three-dimensional works. For some of these artists, their ‘cuts’ were seen as incisively political. For others, the new ways they pierced their canvases or cut the paint itself were investigations into the very materials they used.”

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Jeffrey Gibson, b. 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado, lives and works in Hudson, New York Study #5 (Peninsula), 2011-12 Acrylic and graphite on paper 8 x 11 inches Courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.

CUT also aims to explore the important role that abstraction played in positioning American art onto the international arena, expanding traditional perceptions of American art since the mid-20th century and how the work of these artists changed perceptions.

By presenting different generations of artists alongside each other, CUT demonstrates how these artists executed a striking array of methods to manipulate their work, through the 1970s, the 80s, 90s and today (some are creating new works for CUT).

CUT features works by long established artists Al Loving, Elizabeth Murray, Sam Gilliam, Jack Whitten and Ed Clark. The roster of younger generation artists in CUT includes Nanette Carter, Roberto Jamora, Loriel Beltran, and Clara Varas. Other artists in the exhibition are Jacin Giordano, Jeffrey Gibson, Mark Bradford, Charo Oquet, Howardena Pindell, Maria de los Angeles Rodriguez Jimenez, and Angel Otero.

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Sam Gilliam, b.1933, Tupelo, Mississippi, lives and works in Washington, D.C. Of Yellow and Gingers, 1979 Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 300 inches overall Collection of Jumaane and Lauren N’Nmandi
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Nanette Carter, b. 1954, Columbus, Ohio, lives and works in New York City, New York Cantilevered #1, 2015 Oil on Mylar 64 x 64 inches Collection of Jumaane and Lauren N’Nmandi
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Howardena Pindell, b. 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives and works in New York, New York Untitled #21, 2003 Mixed media 7 x 9 1⁄2 x 1⁄2 inches Collection of Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis
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Ed Clark, b. 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, lives and works in New York City, New York China Series, 1999 Acrylic on canvas, Chinese rice paper collage 60 x 80 inches Collection of Jumaane and Lauren N’Nmandi
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Jack Whitten Untitled II, 1974-75 Acrylic on canvas 41 51/64 x 41 51/64 inches The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College © Jack Whitten Estate Image Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth
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Jack Whitten E-Stamp IV (Five Spirals: For Al Loving), 2007 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 inches The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College © Jack Whitten Estate Image Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth
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Roberto Jamora, b. 1987, Annapolis, Maryland, lives and works in Richmond, Virginia Joan Carries All of This at the Women's March (In Conversation with Joan Ariete-Hein), 2018 Oil and beeswax on canvas 36 x 44 inches Courtesy of the artist and Page Bond Gallery
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Jeffrey Gibson, b. 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado, lives and works in Hudson, New York Study #1 (Stop and Start), 2011-12 Acrylic and graphite on paper 11 x 9 inches Courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.

For more information visit the Frost Museum website.

Photos courtesy of Frost Art Museum

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