Exhibition on women's abstract painting from 1940 to 1970

The Whitechapel Gallery offers an incredible exhibition of female artists from around the world which continues until 7 May. Tickets for the exhibition cost £16.50, but only £1 for students. They can be purchased online here. You will find 150 works by 81 different artists.

This exhibition recognises the practises of a number of female artists from around the world who were active in the decades following the end of World War II and worked in the genre of gestural abstraction. The majority of the painters whose names are most generally identified with the Abstract Expressionist movement were white men. This was not always the case, however.

This show honours the work of the female painters who played a vital role in the development of abstract art in the decades following the Second World War. These female artists were the first to pioneer a new technique of expressing emotion and movement through the medium of the canvas through the use of gestural abstraction in their work. The paintings created by these worldwide artists will be celebrated, and their names will be enshrined in the annals of art history in recognition of the significant contributions they made.

The United States of America has long been considered to be the birthplace of abstract expressionism; yet, it is abundantly obvious from this exhibition that the movement’s influence has spread well beyond those borders and has encompassed creators from a variety of regions throughout the world. Each and every one of them was investigating subjects that were interrelated, such as materiality, creative freedom, and perception. These artists gave gestural abstraction its own unique cultural contexts, which ranged from the emergence of fascism in South America and East Asia to the influence of communism in Eastern Europe and China. Examples of these cultural contexts may be found in the artwork of these artists.

The works of renowned Abstract Expressionist painters, such as American painters Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and Helen Frankenthaler, are featured in this exhibition (1928-2011), There are works by well-known figures of the movement, as well as works by less well-known heroes of the movement, such as Bertina Lopes (1924-2012) from Mozambique and Italy and Wook-kyung Choi (1940-1985) from South Korea, amongst others. Bertina Lopes was born in Mozambique and Italy.

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