DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Form, Figure, Abstraction, featuring twenty-six artists whose work on paper spans styles and generations.
The exhibition will be on view in the gallery’s project space from September 8 - October 8, 2022.
Milton Avery Romare Bearden
Charles Burchfield Paul Cadmus
Robert Colescott Robert De Niro, Sr.
Arthur Dove Janet Fish
Mary Frank Jared French
Mark Innerst Yvonne Jacquette
Valerie Jaudon Joyce Kozloff
Robert Kushner Jacob Lawrence
Whitfield Lovell John Marin
Katia Santibañez Claire Sherman
Barbara Takenaga George Tooker
Darren Waterston Jane Wilson
Alexi Worth Jimmy Wright
Using paper as the support for their works, the artists highlighted in the show take advantage of the flexibility of the medium. A looseness in line, form, and color and the immediacy of the application of medium bring an energy to each of these works. Paper allows more artistic freedom and creativity, allowing the artist to experiment, explore, and innovate.
Although it could be argued that some works are strictly abstract or figurative, a deeper examination reveals every work to have qualities of both.
While Romare Bearden’s drawing, The Family (c. 1975), shows members of a family gathered around a table, Bearden uses abstracted geometric shapes and patterns to fill out the scene.
Arthur Dove’s Centerport II (c. 1940) seems to be a purely abstract composition, however, there are hints of a landscape, with mountainous shapes and a blue sky.
And Mark Innerst’s vertical abstraction, Blue and Gold from Below (2011), perfectly captures the city’s bright lights and frenetic energy.