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Into the Canvas: Post-Painterly Abstraction in Cleveland
Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 2016 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Special Members-Only Preview: Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
ARTneo is pleased to present Into the Canvas: Post-Painterly Abstraction in Cleveland, featuring the works of Carl Krabill, Barbara Smukler, and William Ward. Each of these artists began exploring the technique of staining unprimed canvas in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Cleveland. Color became the visual theme of their works as they applied thin layers of paint allowing them to unify the image and support in strict two-dimensionality. to allow diluted paint to soak into unprimed canvases, removing the physical gestures of painting and creating the flattest paint surface possible.
Each of these artists embraced new techniques and styles that both mirrored and advanced ideas of abstract art in the early 1960s and they continued to push these artistic developments well into the 1970s and beyond. Shifting away from the emotive gestural paint stroke of Abstract Expressionism gave them the ability to focus on concept and color. The stained paintings created by Krabill, Smukler, and Ward present a unique look at how artists of our region responded to national artistic movements.
Exhibitions and programming at ARTneo are generously supported by the following foundations and corporations: The George Gund Foundation, The William & Gertrude Frohring Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, AG Foundation, The David & Inez Myers Foundation, 78th Street Studios, Consolidated Solutions, Baker Hostetler and American Interior Renovations.