Real and Abstract: Contemporary Art from the Farnsworth

  • Julian Opie, Ruth with Cigarette 3, 2005-2006, Lambda print, mounted on Dibond, in aluminum frame designed by artist, 36 ¾  x 26 ½ ", Gift of the Alex Katz Fndt
  • Jessica Craig-Martin, Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, 2009 Digital photographs mounted on aluminum and plexiglass, Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation, NY, NY
February 20, 2010 - May 16, 2010
Morehouse Wing (Micah, Sam, Tim Galleries)

Organized to coincide with the museum's Achieving American Art  lecture series at the Strand Theater, the exhibition features highlights from the Farnsworth's collection of American art made after World War II. While abstract expressionism catapulted American art to the forefront of the world avant-garde, realism maintained a strong hold on American artists and enjoyed a revival in the 1960s which has persisted to this day, coexisting with equally persistent strains of abstraction. The exhibition will explore this phenomenon, and will include works by Will Barnet, Jennifer Bartlett, Janet Fish, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Sylvia Mangold, Kenneth Noland, Leon Polk Smith, Neil Welliver, and others.