Exhibition

Epic Abstraction | Pollock to Herrera

27 Nov 2018 – 31 Dec 2021

The Met Breuer

New York
New York, United States

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Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera will explore large-scale abstract painting, sculpture, and assemblage, from the 1940s to the twenty-first century, through works from The Met collection and special loans.

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Enhanced within the setting of Marcel Breuer's 1966 modernist architectural masterpiece, icons of Abstract Expressionism, such as Pollock's No. 28, 1950(1950)—one of the artist's classic "drip" paintings—and Louise Nevelson's monumental Mrs. N's Palace (1964–77), will be put into conversation with works by lesser-known artists, such as Judit Reigl, in addition to promised gifts and new acquisitions on display for the first time, including Mark Bradford's dynamic Duck Walk (2016).

Many of the artists to be represented in the exhibition worked in large formats not only to explore aesthetic elements of line, color, shape, and texture, but also to activate scale's metaphoric potential to evoke expansive—"epic"—ideas and subjects, including time, history, nature, and existential concerns of the self. An entire room devoted to Mark Rothko's meditative compositions will offer an immersion in color, feeling, and sensation. In varied ways, Epic Abstraction will suggest the long and rich legacy of Abstract Expressionism, an unavoidable touchstone for much of the art that followed.

Exhibiting artists

Mark Bradford

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

Carmen Herrera

Marcel Breuer

Jackson Pollock

Judit Reigl

Louise Nevelson

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