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AMFA’s Action/Abstraction Redefined Exhibit Opens Feb. 16

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The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts’ upcoming “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s” is slated to open Feb. 16 in Little Rock.

It’s the first major traveling exhibition to highlight modern Native American art through the lens of 20th century Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and Hard-Edge Painting. The exhibit is comprised of 52 works by 36 artists, including George Morrison, Fritz Scholder, and T.C. Cannon.

“Action/Abstraction Redefined” is drawn from the collection of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. It explores “how artists combined New York School art influences with Native art traditions and challenged stereotypical expectations of American Indian art,” AMFA said in a news release.

“With Action/Abstraction Redefined, AMFA presents a broader, more inclusive conversation about American art from the 1940s to 1970s,” the museum said. “The work of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and other soon-to-be Abstract Expressionists in the mid-1940s has dominated American art history. This exhibition flips that script and expands the conversation to showcase indigenous artists authentically bringing their own visual culture and innovation to Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and Hard-Edge painting.”

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