Kristen Hileman, independent curator and formerly the head of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s contemporary department
Kristen Hileman will provide a preview of Fields and Formations, her exhibition for The Delaware Contemporary (opens fall 2021) and The American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center (opens early 2022). The show which features 12 women and non-binary abstract artists based between Washington, DC and Philadelphia is an opportunity to celebrate creativity that has developed outside the American art capitals of New York and Los Angeles, along with the powerful ways in which abstract, formal explorations can contain referential and emotional content.
The project and artists involved foreground the ideas of materiality, beauty, perseverance, community, and affect – concepts that propel art past relatively short-lived movements and trends to profoundly touch audiences inside and outside the art world. Fields of luminous color and disciplined, contemplative approaches to building distinctive two and three-dimensional compositions unite the twelve artists in the exhibition across generations. Not only do these artists build on the legacies of Washington DC artists of the past, Anne Truitt and Alma Thomas, but they expand concepts of the Color Field abstraction which has historically been associated with the region.
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