Melvin Edwards

ArtNews asks us who gets to be abstract in the context of revisiting Frank Bowling‘s show from 1969, “5+1”(a show which also included Al, Jack, Daniel and William)? I had heard of Melvin Edwards before from listening to this amazing artist talk. In my head I didn’t lump Melvin in with Sam and William because candidly there is a lot of recognizable materials in his work (see below) and then of course this article made me question that. tldr- the punchline of the essay is that, when Stony Brook attempted to re-stage the show the curators found significant archival gaps because the academic gatekeepers of the late ’60s didn’t deem the show important enough to document. The show reboot also includes many black women such as Howardena and Mary.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith, CBE (27 October 1931 – 15 April 2016) was an English painter and printmaker. Smith produced work in a range of styles, and is credited with extending the field of painting through his shaped, sculptural canvases. A key figure in the British development of Pop Art, Smith was chosen to represent Britain in the 1970 Venice Biennale.

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Lisa Nanni

is one of many artists* featured on this blog that was included in Blurring Boundaries: The Women Of AAA**, 1936–present.

*Anne, Laurie, Gabriele, Rhia and Emily (as well as many creatives who were members during their lives) are members of **American Abstract Artists, a predecessor to the New York School and Abstract Expressionism, and contributed to the development and acceptance of abstract art in the United States. American Abstract Artists is one of the few artists’ organizations to survive from the Great Depression and continue into the 21st century.

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Sean Kratzert

Sean is a self-taught artist and multi-instrumentalist that currently makes work on the CT shoreline. He is informed by his passion for art history and contemporary art, as well as his experience working with materials as a carpenter and house painter. This has led to Sean’s deliberate use and misuse of materials in the studio through painting, collage and sculpture. By mixing paints that don’t mix and allowing organic works to form, he can lend to the idea of an object growing (or decaying) in time and space.

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