During the 1930s and 1940s, abstraction began to solidify as an exciting, fresh form of modern artmaking in the United States, and a small assortment of American artists dedicated themselves to it.
Many of these abstractionists were women and they played important roles in propelling the formal, technical, and conceptual evolution of abstract art in this country.
While a few of these artists, like Lee Krasner and Louise Nevelson, have been duly recognized, most remain overlooked in spite of their prominence within this burgeoning movement.
With thirty-five works by twenty-six artists drawn almost entirely from the Whitney's permanent collection, Labyrinth of Forms seeks to highlight the achievements of these artists and explores the ways in which works on paper, in particular, were important sites for experimentation and innovation.
Labyrinth of Forms: Women and Abstraction, 1930–1950 is curated by Sarah Humphreville, Senior Curatorial Assistant.
LABYRINTH OF FORMS: WOMEN AND ABSTRACTION, 1930–1950
OCTOBER 9, 2021–MARCH 2022