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Almine Rech

Gesture & Form: Women in Abstraction

May 3 — Jun 15, 2024 | New York, Upper East Side

Opening on May 3, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm

Almine Rech New York is pleased to announce Gesture & Form: Women in Abstraction on view from May 3 to June 15, 2024.

Gesture & Form: Women in Abstraction brings together twenty modern and contemporary artists working within the mode of abstraction. In recent years, greater efforts have been made to remediate the imbalanced presence of women artists in the story of abstract painting, and this exhibition engages in that change by celebrating the formidable contributions of these painting giants, past and present.

Following the Second World War, the center of the art world shifted away from Paris to New York, and alongside this geographical shift came the rise of the Abstract Expressionists. As this movement gained traction, pioneering artists featured in this exhibition drew attention with their paintings full of energetic flashes of color and their physically active means of placing paint to canvas. Artists such as Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler, for example, were instrumental to the technical and stylistic developments in this art movement, but were frequently underrepresented in comparison to their male counterparts – and excluded from gallery spaces. Gesture & Form: Women in Abstraction encourages viewers to reconsider the legacy of these women and situates their innovations alongside generations of artists working across the globe.

— Ferren Gipson, art historian, writer, and textile artist

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Selected artworks

  • Vivian Springford,                                      Untitled, c. 1973

    Vivian Springford Untitled, c. 1973

     Acrylic on canvas

    182.9 x 182.9 x 3.2 cm

    72 x 72 x 1 1/4 in

  • Minjung Kim,                                      Insight, 2017

    Minjung Kim Insight, 2017

    Mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper

    143 x 203 cm - 56 1/2 x 80 in (unframed)

    155.5 x 214.7 x 6.7 cm - 61 x 84 1/2 x 2 1/2 in (framed) 

  • Thu-Van Tran,                                      Colors of Grey, 2024

    Thu-Van Tran Colors of Grey, 2024

    Acrylic on canvas

    195 x 140 cm

    77 x 55 in

  • Emily Mason,                                      Tropic, 1989

    Emily Mason Tropic, 1989

    Oil on canvas

    154.6 x 133.7 x 6.3 cm - 60 1/4 x 52 x 1 1/2 in (unframed)

    154.62 x 133.8 x 6.35 cm - 61 x 52 1/2 x 2 1/2 in (framed)


  • Gesture & Form: Women in Abstraction at Almine Rech New York, Upper East Side