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American Painting: The Eighties Revisited

March 12–July 11, 2021 | Galleries 301, 302, and 303 | Free admission | Press Release

 

Reconstituting the landmark exhibition American Painting: The Eighties from New York University’s Grey Art Gallery exhibition in 1979, American Painting: The Eighties Revisited captures a pivotal moment in twentieth century art. It features abstract paintings by artists, including Sam Gilliam, Nancy Graves, and Elizabeth Murray, all of whom were new to the New York art scene at the time. American Painting: The Eighties toured to Houston, Texas, then to 13 cities abroad, from Paris to Tel Aviv.

Along the way, a lively argument ensued about the direction that art was headed: would the best paintings reflect back on the Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s, or would they launch from the subsequent Pop Art or Minimalist movements?

Forty of the 41 paintings in the American Painting: The Eighties exhibition have been acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum, with gratitude to the generosity of Ronnie and John Shore.

Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Guest Curator Kate Bonansinga