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Abstract Expressionism Behind the Iron Curtain

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Start Date: August 3, 2017
End Date: October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 5:14 pm


Location: Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, 830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

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August 3 – October 28, 2017

Andrej Jemec, Battle, 1960
Oil on canvas,
45 1/2 x 54 in.
Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

This highly unusual exhibition addresses a little-known aspect of artistic expression in eastern Europe during the Cold War period, when official art in Soviet Bloc countries was strictly regulated and was required to adhere to Communist Party doctrine.

In spite of such restrictions, however, there were artists who were aware of developments in contemporary abstract art, either through personal travel and contact with artists in the west or via international exhibitions, and who responded to those trends. Some immigrated to western Europe in order to practice their art, while others remained in their home countries and created bodies of very personal work that was not officially sanctioned. The exhibition focuses on representatives of the latter group.

The artists are Andrej Jemec (b. 1934, Slovenia), Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990, Poland), Jan Koti­k (1916-2002, Czechoslovakia), Edo Murtic (1921-2005, Croatia) and Romul Nutiu (1932-2012, Romania).

Their paintings illustrate each artist’s adaptation of an Abstract Expressionist approach–spontaneous gesture, subjective imagery, and emotional content–seen in relation to American precedents and contemporaneous European trends such as l’art informel and Spatialism.

Works are being lent by the Národní galerie v Praze; Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódz; Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, Zagreb; Fondatia Joana Grevers, Bucharest; and Muzeului de Artă Timișoara.

A fully illustrated catalog, with an essay by Charlotta Kotík, former Brooklyn Museum curator and daughter-in-law of Jan Kotík, will accompany the exhibition, which will travel to the Steinberg Museum of Art at Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus in Brookville, New York.



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