Newcomb Art Museum
Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists
August 24 – December 23, 2017
The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University has opened their new exhibition, Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists, featuring works by Amy Ellingson.
Museum director Monica Ramirez-Montagut explains, “This is a timely exhibition with major institutions such as the Denver Art Museum and New York’s Museum of Modern Art increasingly looking at women abstractionists.” Such examinations, she adds, “offer a critical counterbalance to the longstanding narrative of male artists working within the abstract tradition.”
The exhibition features the work of seven artists who hail from across the United States: Rachel Beach, Morgan Blair, Amy Ellingson, Brittany Nelson, Alyse Rosner, Barbara Takenanga, and Anne Vieux. Their works defamiliarize common imagery, precluding ﬁgurative recognition and easy comprehension.
Newcomb’s inclusion of contemporary artists—whether established, mid-career, or emerging—and a focus on creative process distinguish Unfamiliar Again. Other recent museum shows have primarily showcased the aesthetic, or formal qualities of works, many created a half a century ago. The methods of the exhibition’s artists are nuanced, time-intensive, and often drawn from unlikely modernized sources. These include “DIY” videos on YouTube, Photoshop errors, digital distortions, smart phone apps, and manipulated or synthetic materials such as scanned iridescent paper or faux-suede ﬁnishes.
Ramirez-Montagut continues, “By devoting themselves to process, these artists experience revelation in the deliberate progression of steps of creative expression. Yet such discovery may remain elusive for viewers as the artists encourage inquiry rather than providing immediate answers.”
More information at: newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu