Exhibition | Expressionism and the South

Nov 8, 2017 — Sep 23, 2018

Eight large-scale paintings comprise this intimate exhibition at the GCMA that includes works by Melville Price and Lynne Drexler.

The Expressionist movement in art is often traced back to the work of Vincent Van Gogh. It became a broader movement in various media and disciplines in Germany during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Intense colors, extreme angles, and distorted forms characterize Expressionist artwork that sought to convey the emotion beyond appearances.   

A distinctly American offshoot of Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, or Action Painting, arose at the end of World War II as the art center of the world shifted from war-torn Paris to New York City. Often working on a large scale, the Abstract Expressionists combined vibrant colors, energetic brushwork, and non-conventional materials and techniques, demonstrating their belief that the process and materials used constituted the meaning and purpose of painting.