The Three Abstract Artists exhibit features paintings by Jane Ehrlich, Margaret Fitzgerald and A’Driane Nieves, whose work reflects both the distress and pain as well as the small victories and joys of the past year of the pandemic. Each painting is extremely personal and reflects the unseen and the unpaintable, functioning as its own self-portrait.
These three women follow in the tradition of the Abstract Expressionists of the 1940s, who painted deeply emotional work in response to the chaos and tragedies of their time. While many associate the origins of abstraction with men like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell, the female abstract artists of the period — Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and others — were just as important in revolutionizing modern art in postwar America.
In advance of Women of Culture's book club discussion of "Ninth Street Women" (the definitive source on the women of the Abstract Expressionist movement), this will be a great opportunity to learn how the traditions of the AbEx movement have been passed down to, and reinterpreted by, today’s contemporary female artists.
We will have a private Curator-led walk-through of the exhibit, accompanied by wine and snacks, and two of the artists will be zoom-ing in (from Philly & New Mexico) to discuss their work. Plus plenty of time to network with fellow art-full women!
Attendance is limited to 15 in order to allow for physical distancing, and masks will be required when walking around the space and not eating/drinking.
6:30-7pm | Private gallery viewing & mingling
7:00-7:45pm | Exhibit walk-through with Margaret Fitzgerald and A’Driane Nieves
7:45-8:30pm | Additional time to view the exhibit & network