The Onward of Art: American Abstract Artists

Painting by Henry Brown (photo: Joanne Mattera)
Painting by Henry Brown (photo: Joanne Mattera)

Joanne Mattera photo blogs a walkthrough of The Onward of Art: American Abstract Artists at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York, on view through March 25, 2016.

In the exhibition brochure, curator Karen Wilkin writes: "The founders of AAA believed implicitly in the power of autonomous, non-representational images to communicate profound ideas and emotions. In today’s art world, when verbally expressed ideas are often valued more highly than the forms that embody them and traditional facility in representation is often admired above any other considerations, the kind of wordless eloquence that the first members of AAA embraced has once again come into question. Yet the work of many significant artists, such as today’s members of AAA, continues to reaffirm the health and versatility of abstraction."