Subversiveness can take many forms. What could be more political than pushing against the status quo and insisting on maintaining a practice that has been all but dismissed as irrelevant? At a time when spectacle and objectlessness has been de rigueur, many artists have held a different sort of vision. Things such as materials, process, color, and form used in a non-representational or near-nonrepresentational hybrid aesthetic can have a powerful effect, one that can get under our skin in unexpected ways. In 2009, abstraction is Alive and Kicking! This exhibition celebrates its many possibilities.