New exhibit showcases art of the ’60s and ’70s

Roy Lichtenstein This Must Be the Place. 1965. Offset lithograph on paper. 24-3/4 x 17-3/4 in. Collection of Dr. Harvey Manes. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

The Heckscher Museum of Art will unveil a new exhibit, From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the ’60s and ’70s, that will debut on Saturday, Nov. 18.

In response to the intensely introspective approach of mid-20th-century Abstract Expressionism, artists of the 1960s and ’70s worked in a pluralism of styles that comprised two opposing trends: a neutral investigation of formal elements and a return to representation of the visible world.

In their exploration of process and the qualities of line, shape, and color, artists created new abstract worlds, often identified by their cool, hard-edge structures, interest in mathematical constructs, and use of repetition.

Helen Frankenthaler
Sanguine Mood. 1971.
Five color pochoir and silkscreen. 22-3/4 x 18-1/8 in. Courtesy of Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York
© 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

At the same time, others rejected abstraction altogether, turning to subjects from popular culture and the everyday life of urban and suburban environments, depicted with an objective, deadpan approach.

The exhibition will be comprised of color field, minimalist, pop, and photorealist work by noted artists including Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Claes Oldenburg, Fairfield Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselman, among many others.

The exhibit will be on display through March 11, 2018.

The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Ave. in Huntington.



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