The exhibition Artists of the New York School is on display until March 19 at the Georgia Museum of Art.
Organized by Sarah Kate Gillespie, the museum’s curator of American art, the exhibition features works from the museum’s collection and on loan from several private collections. It includes paintings, sculptures and works on paper and highlights what was known as the “New York School,” a group of artists working in the city who focused on making abstract work. Along with well-known male artists such as James Brooks, Frank Stella and Philip Guston, the exhibition also features work by female artists Louise Nevelson, Michael (Corrine) West, Helen Frankenthaler and Anne Ryan.
Artists of the New York School functions as a companion exhibition to Advanced and Irascible: Abstract Expressionism from the Collection of Jeanne and Carroll Berry, which also is on view at the museum. It includes about 30 works, several of which are also on loan from the Berrys’ collection. An untitled metal sculpture by Robert Goodnough was a gift to the museum in 2016 and is on view for the first time in the exhibition.
Although diverse in medium and technique, the artists of the New York School were key in establishing the U.S. as a place that welcomed avant-garde art.
Gillespie also is teaching a split-level undergraduate and graduate art history course on abstract expressionism at the Lamar Dodd School of Art this spring semester. The class will make heavy use of both Advanced and Irascible and Artists of the New York School, allowing students to study original works of art in person, rather than art reproduced in a textbook.
Related events include a film series beginning Jan. 26; 90 Carlton: Winter, the museum’s quarterly reception (free for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, $5 for nonmembers) Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.; and a Family Day focused on abstract valentines Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. All events are open free to the public unless otherwise indicated.