On the Path to Abstraction: Highlights of the Permanent Collection

  • Sep 1, 2012 – Feb 10, 2013
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Jackson Pollock, "Untitled", 1939-1940, graphite and colored pencil on
paper, 12 3/4 x 10 in. Museum purchase with funds from a bequest by
Hubert Humphrey and memorial gifts from his friends and Jacqueline
Humphrey, 2005.

The exhibition features paintings and sculpture from the permanent collection that show how artists repeatedly have looked to the natural world and human form for inspiration, but have abstracted it to varying degrees for distinct expressive goals.  From looking to impressionist, cubist, and surrealist models to using the materials of artmaking itself for dramatic purposes, the artists here convey the dynamism that results from seeing the familiar in new configurations and through innovative lens. 

Related programs:

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Sept 11 @ 12pm

Educators Workshop: The Collector's Eye | Part 1 • Thu Nov 29 @ 6pm

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2012 17Days Festival from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.  For a list of other cultural programs during the festival, visit the official 17Days website.

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.