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Tap Into 1960s and ‘70s Abstract Painting With 'A New Look' At The AGO

Picture of Alix Hall
Updated: 1 March 2016
The latter half of the 20th century saw significant changes in abstract painting. With A New Look: 1960s and ‘70s Abstract Painting, the Art Gallery of Ontario considers how American and Canadian artists explored new methods of abstraction. Focusing on the technique of soaking pigment directly into the canvas, A New Look considers how this enabled artists to ‘move beyond the thickly painted and dramatically brushed work of the previous generation.’ Expect to see two kinds of pictures: those with flowing, liquid colours and others with crisp, linear designs. All are big, vibrant, and stunning.

The works of significant abstract painters – including Frank Stella, Jack Bush, Gene Davis, and Helen Frankenthaler – are all on display and also happened to exhibit at the AGO in a 1964 show entitled Post-Painterly Abstraction, curated by Clement Greenberg, a pivotal American art critic.

If abstract painting is your thing (or even if it isn’t), head to the AGO to check out A New Look before it closes on March 27th, 2016.

This exhibition is included with general admission.


📅 December 19, 2015-March 27, 2016

📍 Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 6648




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