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Women of Abstract Expressionism at the DAM

Joan Mitchell east ninth street 1956 sm

Joan Mitchell  East Ninth Street   1956

Women of Abstraction

Last week I was thrilled to be able to take in the Women of Abstraction Expressionism exhibit at the Denver Art museum. The exhibit is incredible and if you are within 500 miles you should definitely make the trip to see it.

The description from the DAM website says it better than I could:

“Women of Abstract Expressionism focuses on the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of abstract expressionism, while revealing inward reverie and painterly expression in these works by individuals responding to particular places, memories, and life experiences.”

I really don’t know how to put into words just how great this show is. The works are mostly very large and they are so filled with emotion and expression that I felt totally filled up by the time I was finished.

One of the most telling quotes from the exhibit was by Lee Krasner who was married to Jackson Pollock. It went something along the lines of I was a painter before Pollock, during Pollock and after Pollock but I am always known as Mrs Jackson Pollock.

Here are some of my favorites:

Helen Frankenthaler western dream 1957 sm

Helen Frakenthaler Western Dream  1957

 

Jay DeFeo Torso 1952 sm

Jan DeFeo  Torso 1952

judith godwin Woman 1954 sm

Judith Godwin Woman  1954

Lee Krasner the seasons 1957 sm

Lee Krasner  The Seasons   1957

 

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