On view April 11 through August 11, 2019

Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, Selections from the Haskell Collection, presents twenty-five works from the Haskell Collection indicative of Abstract Expressionism as a unifying direction in Post-World War II art. The exhibition highlights artists associated with the influential first and second generations of Abstract Expressionist painters including Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, Morris Louis, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Mark Rothko, and Theodoros Stamos. Later works by Gerhard Richter, Jack Goldstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella respond or reflect on the lasting legacy of Abstract Expressionism in both the US and abroad. Viewed together, the works in Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution address how individual artistic expression and independence from institutional values altered the course of painting. In this exhibition, visual vocabulary will be discussed in relationship to the artists’ collective objectives and individual intentions.

In addition to those mentioned above, artists represented in Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution include Josef Albers, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karel Appel, Sam Francis, Michael Goldberg, Paul Jenkins, Jean Miotte, Judy Pfaff, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, and Jack Tworkov. Unless noted otherwise, all works from the Haskell Collection.

Presenting Sponsors: Maureen and Doug Cohn

Catalogue Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Isbell

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Aires pour Marion, 1975-76

Joan Mitchell (American, 1925-1992). Oil on canvas. Two panels, overall 94 1/4 x 141 1/2 inches. The Haskell Collection. © Estate of Joan Mitchell

The Keep, 1958

Michael Goldberg (American, 1924–2007). Oil on canvas. 58 x 48 ½ inches. The Haskell Collection, © The Estate of Michael Goldberg, Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

February’s Turn, 1979

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011). Acrylic on canvas. 48 1/8 x 108 1/4 inches. The Haskell Collection. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Untitled, 1968

Mark Rothko (American, b. Russia, 1903–1970). Oil on paper mounted on canvas. 39 3/8 x 25 inches. Collection of Preston H. Haskell. © 2018 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Untitled, 1960

Franz Kline (American, 1910-1962). Oil on paper. 18 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches. The Haskell Collection. © 2018 The Franz Kline Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Bond, 1960

Jack Tworkov (American, b. Poland, 1900-1982). Oil on canvas, 61 x 36 inches. The Haskell Collection. © Estate of Jack Tworkov / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY