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Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection

October 1, 2019
October 11, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Rockford Art Museum
711 North Main Street
Rockford, Illinois 61193
Post-War Painting & Sculpture
Ed Mieczkowski, After Adele, 1963, acrylic on canvas wrapped over Masonite. © Estate of Ed Mieczkowski, photo by Jamie Stukenberg.

Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection at the Rockford Art Museum explores new forms of abstract painting from the 1960s, following the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition of works from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation includes an international group of 33 artists associated with some of the key painting movements of the mid-20th century: Color Field, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Hard-Edge, and Op Art. Bold Abstractions at Rockford Art Museum marks the first time the Thoma Foundation’s significant post-war painting collection has been shown at a public institution.

Bold Abstractions includes work by Josef Albers, Peter Alexander, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Antonio Asis, Karl Benjamin, Judy Chicago, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gene Davis, Ronald Davis, Thomas Downing, Friedel Dzubas, Wojciech Fangor, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Frederick Hammersley, June Harwood, Charles Hinman, Paul Jenkins, Julio Le Parc, Morris Louis, Alvin Loving, Helen Lundeberg, John McLaughlin, Ed Mieczkowski, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Matilde Perez, Paul Reed, Julian Stanczak, Tadasky, Anne Truitt, and Victor Vasarely.

For more information about the included works and associated programming, please visit the Rockford Art Museum’s website.

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Ed Mieczkowski, After Adele, 1963, acrylic on canvas wrapped over Masonite. © Estate of Ed Mieczkowski, photo by Jamie Stukenberg.