Posted: April 6, 2017

Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters, 1950 to Now

baker580 copyThe DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
April 7 to September 17, 2017
This exhibition presents a vital yet lesser-known history of abstract painting in New England by showcasing the work of women painters with strong connections to the region. Despite their relative exclusion from mainstream and male-dominated conversations on postwar abstraction, these artists have made significant contributions to the field. Spanning from the 1950s to the present, the works on view in the exhibition expand traditions of abstract painting and testify to the artists’ unwavering productivity and creative innovation.

Drawn primarily from deCordova’s permanent collection, this survey explores diverse techniques, processes, and concepts. The show features works by Natalie Alper, Kristin Baker, Sharon Friedman, Maud Morgan, Ann Pibal, Jo Sandman, Sandi Slone, Barbara Takenaga, and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, among numerous other modern and contemporary artists (including me!) The exhibition and interpretation also emphasizes the artists’ contributions, connections, and reception within New England. Expanding Abstraction reveals the complexities of painting in the region and lays the foundation for a more inclusive understanding of abstraction through the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Organized by Jennifer Gross, former Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, with Sarah Montross, Associate Curator.


Meg Brown Payson  “Drift”   acrylic on panel   60″ x 60″  2006