Was there modern art prior to the 20th century? Yes, but as a movement—especially in the United States—Abstraction truly got its foothold in the art world slightly more than a century ago. A survey of works from this artistic movement will be exhibited in Continuity to Change: Recent History of American Abstraction, a free exhibition at the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery,180 Holley Street, Brockport, which runs from January 31 – March 3, 2019. A reception celebrating the exhibition will be held on Thursday, January 31, at 4 pm.
According to gallery director Tim Massey, “this exhibition is dedicated to the multi-generational group of American artists who have devoted their professional creative activities to Abstraction, which became established in a time when museums and galleries were more conservative in their offerings. After the New York City Armory Show of 1913, Abstraction’s impending impact was manifested by adventurous American artists who were exposed to—and wanted to emulate—the avant garde styles of European artists. Continuity to Change chronicles developments in the Abstraction movement from the mid-20th century to the current day, and emphasizes the central tenets the methodology: composition, color, content, and material.”
One of the artists who will be part of the show is Nola Zirin, whose works, according to one of the galleries that represents her, “exemplify the magnetism of color. Her paintings are brilliantly colored abstractions that draw from the urban scene she experiences daily in her handling of pure paint, in the tonalities of her color choices and arrangements of forms. She has developed a command of color that serves as a personal language, at once exploratory and expressive. She uses rich colors in innovative, imaginative and seductive forms and combinations. The paintings manifest the artists’ interest in inventing unique color relationships that explore and capture an intensely active and sensuous imagery. The colors sing while coalescing in a harmonious whole.”
Works presented are courtesy of the Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; members of the American Abstract Artists group; and from various private collections.