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Exhibition October 4, 2020 − January 10

Expanding abstraction: punching the boundaries of painting

Blanton Museum and University of Texas present exhibition Expanding abstraction: punching the boundaries of painting.

The exhibition introduces a large collection of large-scale abstract painting and sculpture by the masters of the USA and Latin America 1958 - 1983.

In the early 20th century, artists first began to explore abstract, unrepresentative forms and significantly changed the language of painting. Several decades later, abstraction continued to evolve as practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques. Drops, spills, stains and even rinsing of paint have become commonplace, as has the use of unconventional materials such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists challenged the flat rectangular format - a longstanding standard in painting - to create texture and dimension, blurring the lines between painting and sculpture and emphasizing the materiality of an object. The museum's collection is especially strong with paintings from the 1960s and 1970s by abstract masters from the United States and Latin America.

Based on site materials Blanton Museum.