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Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint

Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces
New exhibit in the Community Gallery and special related events

Abstract Expressionism Celebrating 70 Years of Throwing Paint art exhibition at Rogue Gallery & Art Center July 2016 Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint
Art Exhibition July 8 – Aug. 4, 2016
Reception Date: July 15, 5:00-8:00 pm

The Rogue Gallery is celebrating the 70th anniversary of American Abstract Expressionism with an exhibit in the Community Gallery, a birthday celebration reception, abstract expressionism classes, and documentary films.

This Rogue Gallery artist members’ exhibit celebrates the revolutionary mid-twentieth century art movement known as Abstract Expressionism. Among the 30 regional artists represented in the exhibit are Robert Bosworth, Linda Boutacoff, Ashley E. Clasby, Cammy Davis, Barbara Eshoo, Marilyn Hurst, and Fred Jenkins. Many of the featured artists are abstract artists, while several are known for their natural or traditional approach to artwork. Young emerging artists and experienced accomplished artists are included with ages ranging from as young as fourteen to artists in their eighties. The exhibit highlights many styles of abstract expressionism, including action art, color field painting, and drip art.

Ashley Clasby_Sculpture_Morphic Abstract

Morphic Abstract, Sculpture by Ashley Clasby

In 1946, art critic Robert Coates titled a group of artists’ works in America as Abstract Expressionism. It was the birth of a radically different art form. The Abstract Expressionist movement included artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Joan Mitchell. The impact of the movement was enormous, with the center of the art world moving from Europe to the United States, specifically to New York. The United States was the perfect birthplace for this movement of large-scale paintings, bold expressions, and rugged individualism. The movement’s impact and controversy continues to be a center of art discussions across America from small art centers to large museums.

Marilyn Hurst_Acrylic_Jubilation

Acrylic Jubilation, painting by Marilyn Hurst

A reception will be held on Friday, July 15, 5:00 – 8:00 pm with themed art activities in the Rogue Gallery garden.

Refreshments include an Abstract Expressionism cake, Valley View wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks.

Sponsored by Allegro Courier LLC

Associated Free Events:

  • Friday, July 15, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: reception in celebration of the movement with special painting activity in the Rogue Gallery’s garden. 40 S. Bartlett Street, Medford, Oregon 97501, 541-772-8118, www.roguegallery.org
  •  Saturday, July 9, 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Family Art Day – explore Expressionist painting
  • Documentary airings on Abstract Expressionism Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, July 13- August 3
    • July 13: Jackson Pollock – Love & Death on Long Island
    • July 20: Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter
    • July 27: Robert Motherwell & the New York School: Storming the Citadel
    • August 3: Rothko’s Rooms, The Life and Works of an American Artist
  • Lecture on Abstract and Traditional Art in the 21st Century, July 14th at 3 pm. Speakers include abstract artist Alx Fox, tradition artist Ann di Salvo, and contemporary artist Allen Smith

Related instructional class:

Celebrating 70 Years of Throwing Paint: Into the Realm of Creativity, workshop with Alx Fox : I Never Promised You a Rose, painting by Alx Fox

“I Never Promised You a Rose,” by Alx Fox

Class instruction on abstract painting, “Into the Realm of Creativity” with Alx Fox, Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, 10am – 3pm, please check our website for price and class details.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

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