New Possibilities: Abstract Painting from the 70s

Mali Morris, Purple Heart, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 167 x 165.5 cm (courtesy of
Mali Morris, Purple Heart, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 167 x 165.5 cm (courtesy of The Piper Gallery)

Andy Parkinson blogs about the exhibition New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the Seventies at The Piper Gallery, on view through December 21, 2012.

Parkinson writes: "In the seventies abstract painting in Britain was in crisis. At least that’s how it seemed to some. If during the sixties it had become hegemonic that privileged position was on the wane. Peter Fuller would shortly declare American abstraction to be not much more than a CIA plot, within the discipline of painting figuration was in resurgence, whilst outside it performance art and conceptualism were fast becoming the dominant art forms, leading to the stagnation of abstract painting. The exhibition... of fourteen painters from the period (all still painting today)... counters this viewpoint, demonstrating that instead abstraction in this decade was vibrant and varied."