Women and Abstraction

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida
April 18 – August 2, 2015

“During the twentieth century, American women artists experimented with abstraction. Perhaps the most well-known American woman painter is Georgia O’Keeffe, who is represented in the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. O’Keeffe’s abstract tendencies resulted in dynamic representations of the physical landscape and flowers. Another often cited story of women artists engaged in abstraction comes later in the twentieth century when painters such as Lee Krasner and Helen Frankenthaler engaged with large scale abstraction informed by abstract Expressionism and color field painting. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum possesses works of abstraction by the painter and sculptor Doris Leeper, sculptor Jane Manus, sculptor Barbara Sorensen, and a number of paintings by contemporary artists such as Sarah Morris, Carmen Herrera, and Rosemarie Castoro. Indeed this exhibition looks not only at twentieth-century examples, but also demonstrates the role of abstraction in contemporary art..”

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