Hofmann to Warhol

Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art in a Post-WWII America

Image left: Hans Hofmann , Untitled c.1946, Oil on paper, 30 × 36 in., Lent courtesy of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida; Gift of Larry and Marita Jacobs. With permission of the Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image right: Andy Warhol, Jimmy Carter II, 1977, screen print on Strathmore Bristol Paper 39 3/8 x 29 3/8 inches, On loan courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University Extra, out of the edition. Designated for research and educational purposes only. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sara May Love Gallery • September 25 – December 12, 2020

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will chronicle the story of America’s journey from its first major art movement, Abstract Expressionism, begun in the 1940s, to the viral Pop Art explosion in the 1960s; a dramatic and literal dramatic shift in the fine art world away from the individual’s artistic expression to a concentration on mass culture and the media perspective. 

This exhibition includes artists whose work is the epitome of these movements such as Josef Albers, Robert Anuszkiewicz, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol. Curated from the esteemed collections of the Harn Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Art Bridges Foundation, and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, this exhibition will highlight a portion of often misunderstood American art history.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Member-Guest Reception

Friday September 25, 2020, 5:30-8:00pm


Curator's Talk

Friday September 25, 2020, 6:30pm • Woodell Family Art Studio


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Adult Group Tours

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Roy Lichtenstein, Bicentennial Print, 1975 (published 1976) From the America: The Third Century portfolio, lithograph and silkscreen on white wove paper, 30 1/4 x 18 5/16 inches, On loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Edwin Snyder Memorial Fund, 1976.10. Image © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.