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Glory of the World: Color Field Painting (1950s to 1983)

Nov 21, 2023 — Jun 30, 2024 | NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, US

Beginning November 21, 2023 through June, 2024, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present Glory of the World: Color Field Painting (1950s to 1983), exploring a tendency in mid-twentieth century American abstract painting in which vast areas of color appear as the dominating force. Although this type of painting was prefigured in the work of previous generations of abstract painters, such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, it is identified with such artists as Frank Bowling, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Frank Stella, and Alma Thomas, among others. 

Color field painting was one of several art movements that emerged in America during the early 1960s, including Pop Art, Minimalism, Op Art, Photorealism, hard-edge abstraction, and the Black Art Movement, to name a few. Although critics tended to categorize the color field artists based solely on their shared formal characteristics, each artist approached their process from a distinct perspective, while maintaining an awareness of each other’s innovations.

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