Emotions Embodied: Abstractions from the West Coast

Jackson Pollock. Willem de Kooning. Norman Lewis. Mark Rothko. Helen Frankenthaler. All of these artists are inextricably linked to the American abstract movement of the 1950s, but what exactly does it mean for a work of art to be abstract? Even as we enter into 2021, nearly 70 years later, the definitional description of abstract art continues to mystify everyday art enthusiasts.

In this exhibition, we bring you works from artists up and down the West Coast that have been exploring that definition, some newly headed down that road, and other veterans that have massaged the concept for decades.  In particular, we have curated a group of works lacking representational subject matter with visible brushwork, many vibrant colors, the use of palette knives, and large canvases.  We asked our artists to bring us pieces that embody emotion and hope that you enjoy how viewing them makes you feel.

Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the creative arts, Art Scene West will donate a portion of all exhibition proceeds to The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a California-based nonprofit organization that provides business training and grants to aspiring artists, arts administrators, artisans, and other creative entrepreneurs. The exhibition will run for ten weeks on our website and Artsy.net from March 3rd to May 9th and will include Instagram virtual events throughout the exhibition period.

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