Women of Abstract Expressionism

Since its inception, the Mint Museum has been supported and propelled forward by women, so it is quite fitting that this weekend they will celebrate their “Year of the Woman” with two female-centric exhibitions: Women of Abstract Expressionism and Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists.

Women of Abstract Expressionism (on view Oct 22, 2016-Jan 22, 2017), organized by the Denver Art Museum,  is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the the female artists associated with Abstract Expressionism. Arguably the most important era in American art history, this movement is typically known for its macho stars like Pollock and de Kooning. A re-examination from a feminist perspective is long overdue and relevant given certain spotlit themes of our present election cycle.

The selected works on view (about 50 large scale paintings) will reveal the broad range of styles and techniques that these artists employed, from pouring and staining to slashing and swirling brushwork. Artists on view include: Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan, Judith Godwin, Perle Fine, Deborah Remington,  Jay DeFeo and Sonia Getchoff.

The Museum opens these exhibitions with an invite-only party on Friday, October 21. On Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, the Museum hosts a free community weekend with gratis admission to both campuses.

Click through the gallery below to view a selection of paintings that will be on view.


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