NEW NEW YORK: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century

October 4, 2015 - December 4, 2015
Mānoa Campus, The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Add to Calendar

A renaissance of abstraction has recently surfaced cross New York. The sine qua non of modern art, abstraction fell out of favor in the late twentieth century with the emergence of postmodernism and its concepts of paradox, pastiche and deconstruction. But at the beginning of the twenty-first century, abstraction has arisen from the ashes of its professed death with a power and potency rivaling its inception. This phenomenon and the reasons for its resurgence are considered in "NEW NEW YORK: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century."

The exhibition takes its title from the New York School, a movement by artists that established abstract expressionism in New York City in the 1940s. It surveys a cross-section of nearly thirty established, mid-career, and emerging artists currently living and producing abstract paintings in this same historical city. While attentive to each artist’s distinctive, unique and individualized contributions, the exhibition examines the meanings they make collectively as well.

Works by approximately 30 New York artists are featured. Internationally recognized artists include Elise Adibi, John Allmaier, Timothy Atticus, Paul Behnke, Amanda Church, Vince Contarino, Paul Corio, Peggy Cyphers, Theresa Daddezio, Lisa Corinne Davis, Rob de Oude, Jon Elliott, Robert Otto Epstein, Franklin Evans, Rico Gatson, Enrico Gomez, Clare Grill, Shirley Kaneda, Julie Mehretu, Lucas Moran, George Negroponte, Odili Donald Odita, Gary Petersen, Jenna Ransom, Jered Sprecher, Barbara Takenaga, Julie Torres, Terry Winters, Robert Yasuda, and John Zinsser.

The exhibition is curated by Debra Drexler and Liam Davis.

Events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 4 / The Art Gallery

2-3 pm, Gallery walk-through with curators Debra Drexler + Liam Davis and Intersections Visiting Artist Barbara Takenaga

3-5 pm, Reception

Tuesday, October 6 / ART Auditorium

6-7:30 pm, Public lecture

Barbara Takenaga, Intersections Visiting Artist


Jon Elliott

"Ignition," 2015

Courtesy of the artist.

Ticket Information
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.

Event Sponsor
Art + Art History , Mānoa Campus

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