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Members' Preview: Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun

, AU Museum, Katzen Arts Center

Updated 7/16/19

Preview five new exhibitions and join Curator Norma Broude in a gallery talk about these two women artists working diversely within the Abstract-Expressionist movement. Open to museum members, no RSVP required. Interested in supporting the museum with a membership? Visit our website or email to become a member starting at $50 annually.

Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism
Curated by Norma Broude
On view September 3-December 15, 2019.

Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) and Helene Herzbrun (1922-1984) were both remarkable painters of the second Abstract-Expressionist generation who lived and worked as influential artists and teachers in the Baltimore/Washington region for many decades. Although they began their careers as gestural abstractionists in the mold of Pollock and de Kooning, both went on to reinvent and revitalize the signature styles of the Ab-Ex movement in powerful and personal ways. They were enabled to do so in large part by their self-selected, “outside-of-New York” locale, which permitted each of these very different artists to develop her own dialogue with painting, away from the shifting fashions and pressures of the commercial mainstream.

Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Norma Broude, this show brings together more than two dozen large-scale and rarely seen works by Hartigan and Herzbrun from private and public collections, many in the Baltimore/Washington area. It redirects our attention to the local contexts and communities in which these works were produced and deepens our understanding of the relationship between mainstream modernist movements such as Ab-Ex and their rich regional transformations.

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