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Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17

In 1940, Stanley William Hayter transferred Atelier 17, his innovative printmaking workshop, from Paris to New York. For the next 15 years, the workshop led a revival of fine-art graphics, encouraging unorthodox techniques and experimentation. Many of the foremost modern artists, from European refugees during World War II to Americans like Pollock, Motherwell, de Kooning and Kline, made prints there. Among them were more than 90 women, including Louise Nevelson, Anne Ryan, Louise Bourgeois and Alice Trumbull Mason. This exhibition, organized by guest curator Christina Weyl, PhD, features experimental graphics by those artists, as well as Minna Citron, Worden Day, Dorothy Dehner and Sue Fuller, together with examples of their better-known work in other media. Lenders include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A fully illustrated e-catalog, with an essay by Dr. Weyl, will accompany the exhibition, which will travel to the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University in January 2017.

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