Roads to Abstract Expressionism

April 12 – May 12, 2007

Franz Kline (1910-1962)
Painting, 1950
Oil on canvas, 37 3/4 x 34 1/2 inches
Private collection, New York

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
My Lode Stone, 1949
Mixed media on masonite, 30 x 38 inches
Private collection

Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974)
Red and Green Bird, 1948
Oil and enamel on canvasboard, 20 x 16 inches, Private collection
© Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Jack Tworkov (1900-1982)
Untitled (Still Life), circa 1946
Oil on canvas, 26 x 25 3/16 inches
Private collection

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
Untitled, circa 1945
Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 23 x 29 inches
Private collection, New York

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992)
Palimpsest, 1944
Oil on canvas, 49 1/2 x 43 1/8 inches
Private collection

Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000)
Untitled Abstraction, circa late 1940s
Oil on canvas mounted to board, 14 1/8 x 11 inches
Courtesy of the Hackett-Freedman Gallery

Grace Hartigan (1922-2008)
Months and Moons, 1950
Oil on canvas, 55 x 70 1/2 inches
Private collection

William Baziotes (1912-1963)
Dusk, 1954
Oil on canvas, 34 x 17 inches
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. A. W. Stanley Fund and Charles F. Smith Fund, 1984.31

Sal Sirugo (1920-2013)
C-10, 1952
Casein on masonite, 48 x 36 inches
Signed lower right: “SIRUGO”

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)
The Bar, 1951
Oil on board, 32 x 23 inches
Fern K. Hurst

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Yellow Still Life, 1950
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, Private collection
© Dedalus Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Press Release

Hollis Taggart Galleries is pleased to present “Pathways and Parallels: Roads to Abstract Expressionism,” an examination of the aesthetic approaches that defined this central movement in American art. Created primarily from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the nearly fifty paintings and drawings in this exhibition represent the major stylistic threads of this critical period of Abstract Expressionism.

“Pathways and Parallels” presents the Abstract Expressionist ethos by turning to its origins and sources to reveal the variety of ways in which artists adopted an abstract language to express their relationship to the outside world, to the artistic past, and often to their own inner psyches. Several key themes illuminate the diverse approaches of these artists—both household names and locally established artists. These themes include re-envisioned landscapes, Surrealist meditations, Cubist interpretations of space and form, and “the field” as a new metaphor for pictorial action.

These approaches are exemplified in work by William Baziotes, Hans Burkhardt, Peter Busa, Arthur B. Carles, Rollin Crampton, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Arnold Friedman, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, John Graham, Hans Hofmann, Gerome Kamrowski, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Conrad Marca-Relli, Robert Motherwell, David Park, Richard Pousette-Dart, Ralph Rosenborg, Mark Rothko, Ethel Schwabacher, Sonia Sekula, Charles Seliger, Sal Sirugo, Janet Sobel, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Jack Tworkov. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by guest curator Jeffrey Wechsler accompanies the exhibition. Wechsler, Senior Curator of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, is the author of numerous publications, including Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions (1989), and the groundbreaking Surrealism and American Art, 1931-1947 (1976).