abstract oil painting by artist Willem de Kooning    
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, Selections from the Haskell Collection

October 27 2019 – January 5, 2020
Presented by The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions
Organized by the Tampa Museum of Art

Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution focuses on the rise of a new generation of artists active in post-World War II America whose works challenged the institutional status-quo and altered the course of art history. The artists in this show, such as Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko, though never formally associated, are unified by their rejection of academicism and commitment to pushing the boundaries of modern art. These artists, today called Abstract Expressionists, abandoned narrative painting, focusing instead on relationships between color, gesture, and texture.

Additionally, the exhibition examines a group of artists whose works express the legacy of Abstract Expressionism and the effect it had on the art of the late twentieth century. The work of artists like Sam Francis, Judy Pfaff, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella signifies the indistinct boundaries between art movements and builds on the complexity of mark making established by the earlier generation.

Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution is divided into three sections: Abstraction and Revolution, Abstractions and Repetition, and Abstraction and Its Legacy. Through these categories, the exhibition interrogates how the artists expanded the language of abstraction and experimented with new materials and methods. Exemplary works by twenty-five artists reveal how these men and women, while working in their own distinct abstract styles, together forged a significant turning point in art history.

Catalogue will be available in the museum store.

Sponsored by:          

Theodore W. and Betty J. Eckels Foundation | Kate and Michael Buttarazzi | Karen and Preston Dorsett | Andrea and Doug Edwards | Amanda and Nick Goetze | Anne and Mike Keeney | Ellen and William Losch | Nancy and Steve Morrow | Irene Orgill | Gwen and Penn Owen | Trish and Carl Ring | Sue and Al Saltiel | Jeff and Mary Baird Simpson | Craig Simrell and Mark Greganti | Irene and Fred Smith | Adele Wellford | Barbara and Lewis Williamson 

Willem de Kooning, Woman II, 1961; Oil on paper mounted on canvas; The Haskell Collection. © 2018 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York & Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1968; Oil on paper mounted on canvas; The Haskell Collection. © 2018 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


abstract oil painting by dzubas  abstract painting by dzubas
Friedel Dzubas: The Ira A. Lipman Family Collection  

October 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Presented by The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions
Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens 

After arriving in the United States at the start of World War II, German-born American artist Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) began experimenting with large-scale abstract painting. Dzubas’s canvases, characterized by vibrant, colorful surfaces, are among the most ambitious abstract paintings of the second half of the twentieth century. Most often associated with Color Field painting, or what his friend Clement Greenberg called Post-Painterly Abstraction, Dzubas is frequently referenced alongside other artists in the New York School, like Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Kenneth Noland. Nevertheless, his works are distinct among his peers. His output is rich in expressive paintings with an intense emphasis on both the saturation of color and the actual texture of the surface, a quality that distinguishes his work from his contemporaries. While the artist’s style subtly evolved as his career progressed, Dzubas was committed to the mastery of painterly technique, from the dramatic physicality of gestural abstraction to the reduced elements of Color Field painting to the rhythmic brushstrokes of lyrical abstraction.

Drawn from the Ira A. Lipman Family Collection, the largest privately held collection of Dzubas’s painting, this exhibition traces the artist’s subtle yet palpable stylistic shifts through twenty-six beautiful, fully-resolved works, from the beginning of the artist’s career to some of his final paintings created in the early 1990s.

Catalogue will be available in the museum store.

Friedel Dzubas (American, born Germany, 1915-1994), Accord, 1970; Oil on canvas; Ira A. Lipman Family Collection & Friedel Dzubas (American, born Germany, 1915-1994), Brimrock, 1975; Magna (acrylic) on canvas; Ira A. Lipman Family Collection


Laurel Sucsy: Finding the Edge 

October 13 - January 5
Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries

Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens 

Laurel Sucsy is an artist based in Memphis, Tennessee, and New York. Inspired by nature and the objects she encounters in her daily life, she explores abstraction in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography.

Sucsy’s exhibition in the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries this fall spotlights her recent work, which ranges from dynamic, colorful abstractions in oil to thoughtful, monochromatic photographs.  Regardless of the medium, all her works are characterized by a sense of spatial tension that enlivens them as it shrouds them with a dreamlike quality.

Sucsy’s paintings are rooted in organic forms, which she breaks down into a series of loosely connected shapes that result in kaleidoscopic and energetic abstractions.  In contrast, her photographs are much more meditative—they are records of small studio sculptures formed by marrying raw canvas with wet plaster.  These white-on-white images are quietly powerful studies in texture, form, and light and shadow.  Though these bodies of work are seemingly disparate, Sucsy’s paintings and photographs are both rooted in her relentless quest to discover and understand the fundamentals of structure, color, weight, and surface as they exist and harmonize in the natural world.

Laurel Sucsy, Macula, 2019; Digital print; Courtesy of the artist


I Could Make That!

October 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building
Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens 

I Could Make That!  is a Dixon interactive experience that complements Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution and Friedel Dzubas: The Ira A. Lipman Family Collection, on view in the main galleries.

Abstract Expressionism was an art movement in American painting that began in the late 1940s. It flourished in New York and is sometimes referred to as the New York School. The movement comprised many different styles varying in both technique and quality of expression. Abstract Expressionist paintings share many characteristics; most are abstract, spontaneous, and show personal emotional expression.  

Some of the most prominent American Abstract Expressionist painters, also known as action painters, are featured in the current exhibitions at the Dixon. Painters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Willem De Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko have paintings in the galleries. These artists created incredible works of art that challenged tradition and pushed the boundaries of modern art. Their spontaneous and energetic work was created with innovative materials and on large canvases that boldly declared the new forms of self-expression and personal freedom within their work.

Often, when observing Abstract Expressionism, people try to understand how the painting was created and determine that it seems like a fairly easy way of making art. You may have heard someone say, “I could make that!” in front of abstract works of art.

In this gallery you can learn about the different elements that an artist has to consider when creating abstract art. Through hands-on components, you can experiment with some of the elements: Color, Shape, Line, Texture.  Finally, you are invited to try your hand at making art in our Process component, using digital art.

Enjoy the show and be sure to check our programs for additional demonstrations, workshops, and pop-up experiences in this gallery!

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Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
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