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100 Years of American Abstraction


James Daugherty. Geometric Abstraction, c.1958. Oil on canvas mounted on board. 24 x 20 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.051. Museum purchase. Courtesy of The Friends of James Daugherty Foundation, Inc.

Ilya Bolotowsky. Untitled, 1941. Oil on canvas. 21 x 33 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.027. Museum purchase. Art © Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY, www.vagarights.com.

Wilfred Zogbaum. Untitled, c.1936-1938. Oil on board. 24 x 30 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.265. Museum purchase. © 2014 Estate of Wilfred Zogbaum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Richard Anuszkiewicz. Green Edged Magenta/Centered Square Series, 1981. Acrylic on canvas. 49 1/4 x 49 1/4 inches. Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.1995.4.041. Gift of the Artist. Art © Richard Anuszkiewicz/Licensed by VAA New York, NY, www.vagarights.com.

15 Year Anniversary

A previous exhibition
at The Baker Museum

September 6 — October 26, 2014


Influenced by Cubism and other European avant-garde styles, many early 20th century artists eschewed figural representation. For abstractionists the inner structure of a work of art — color, form, line, texture — became the subject matter. Following WWII, artists presented a new and distinctly American identity through abstract painting and sculpture. Abstraction evolved into an investigation of the artist’s materials — color, canvas, clay — and their symbolic significance. Featuring more than 100 works, this exhibition from The Baker Museum’s permanent collection surveys the development of abstract art in America. Through a representative selection of paintings, works on paper and sculptures by seminal figures such as Alexander Calder, A.E. Gallatin, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Betty Parsons, Josef Albers and Dale Chihuly, among others, 100 Years of American Abstraction presents a historical examination of one of the most characteristic styles of American art in modern times.


This exhibition has been organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.

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