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Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

June 8 – September 17, 2017

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, installation view, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2017)

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, installation view, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2017)

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, installation view, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2017)

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, installation view, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2017)

Press Release

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today
June 8 – September 17, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City, MO

The institution's press release follows: 

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today introduces the work of more than twenty exceptional artists in conversation with one another for the first time. With works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of unique visual vocabularies within non-representational expression. By highlighting these artists’ individual approaches to form, color, composition, material exploration and conceptual impetus within hard-edge and gestural abstraction, Magnetic Fields provides an expanded history of non-pictorial image and object-making. The exhibition not only celebrates these artists as leaders in the field, but also the enduring ability of abstraction to convey both personal iconography and universal themes.

The exhibition features a range of works, including early and later career examples, those of specific series, several exhibited for the first time, and the long awaited reappearance of iconic works such as Mavis Pusey’s large-scale painting Dejygea (1970) in The Whitney’s 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists In America. Also drawn in part from the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features Chakaia Booker’s rubber tire sculpture El Gato (2001).

Magnetic Fields marks the first U.S. presentation dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color.