GESTURE AND ABSTRACTION: ABEX GALLERY SELECTIONS

October 17 – November 12, 2011

Norman Bluhm (1920-1999)
Blue Blade, 1961
Oil on linen, 70 1/2 x 60 1/2 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "bluhm '61" 
NFS

Michelle (Corinne) West (1908–1991)
Dusk, circa 1955
Oil on canvas, 51 x 36 inches
Signed lower left: "M. Lee"

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992)
Encrustation, 1976
Oil and mixed media on board, 5 1/2 x 11 inches
Inscribed, dated, and signed verso: "E'S-135 / 76 / R Pousette-Dart"
NFS

Sal Sirugo (1920-2013)
L-4, 1960
Liquitex on linen canvas, 48 x 72 inches
Signed lower right: "SIRUGO"
NFS

Giorgio Cavallon (1904-1989)
No. 84, 1967
Oil on canvas, 58 1/4 x 48 1/2 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "GIORGIO CAVALLON 1967"
NFS

Mark Tobey (1890-1976)
Untitled, 1960
Tempera and watercolor on paper, 12 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "Tobey 60"
NFS

Hans Burkhardt (1904-1994)
Untitled, 1953
Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "H. Burkhardt 53"
NFS

Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974)
Untitled (Cartoon for Steinberg House Windows), circa 1954
Acrylic on paper mounted on cardboard, 14 1/4 x 47 inches
Signed lower left: "Adolph Gottlieb"
NFS

Press Release

This exhibition celebrates the exuberance of gesture and innovative abstraction that came to define a central tenet of Abstract Expressionism. Often a balancing act between unbridled spontaneity and careful forethought, this body of work highlights the dynamic action painting that defined a new era in abstraction. With the primacy of the painted surface called to order, American postwar art took center stage. With work by Robert Motherwell, Jack Tworkov, Hans Hofmann, Norman Bluhm, Sam Francis, and Mark Tobey, Gesture and Abstraction features paintings that explore unexpected color, vivid brushwork, and complex paint handling.