Fredericks & Freiser and Garth Greenan Gallery are pleased to present Pop Abstraction, a two-part group exhibition of paintings. Artists include William N. Copley, Allan D'Arcangelo, Rosalyn Drexler, Paul Feeley, Steve Gianakos, Ralph Humphrey, Alfred Jensen, Nicholas Krushenick, Jonathan Lasker, Elizabeth Murray, Carl Ostendarp, and John Wesley. Both galleries will display one example of each exhibiting artists' work.
The exhibition defines Pop Abstraction as neither a style nor movement, but rather a shared sensibility among generations of artists, beginning during the 1960s. Artists in the exhibition embraced the visual language of Pop—bold, processed color and graphic cartoon-like iconography—without any nostalgia or consumer critique. Pop Abstraction revels in the inherently abstract nature of cartoons, comics, and advertising; however, its content remains personal and idiosyncratic. Whereas the artists in this exhibition have been aligned with various movements—Color Field, Pop, and Post-minimalism—they often stand on the periphery. In many ways, this group of artists represents a kind of "unofficial school" of painters: influential, beloved by other artists, and willfully uncategorizable.