Exhibition

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

13 Mar 2020 – 28 Jun 2020

Regular opening hours

Friday
10:30 – 22:00
Saturday
10:30 – 18:00
Sunday
10:30 – 18:00
Monday
10:30 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:30 – 18:00
Thursday
10:30 – 18:00

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York
New York, United States

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Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness.

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Art for her was a discipline through which she gave form to her vision of a higher consciousness within the universe. Using an abstract vocabulary of curvilinear, biomorphic forms and delicate, shimmering veils of light, she portrayed her awareness of a world that lay behind physical appearances—a world of benevolent, disembodied energies animating and protecting life.  For most of her career, Pelton chose to live away from the distractions of a major art center, first in Water Mill, Long Island, from 1921 to 1932, and subsequently in Cathedral City, a small community near Palm Springs, California. Her isolation from the mainstream art world meant that her paintings were relatively unknown during her lifetime and in the decades thereafter. This exhibition of approximately forty-five works introduces to the public a little-known artist whose luminous, abstract images of transcendence are only now being fully recognized.

Exhibiting artists

Agnes Pelton

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