Group Exhibition: James LittleThe Shape of Abstraction:Selections from the Ollie Collection – The Art Students League

Group Exhibition: James Little
The Shape of Abstraction:
Selections from the Ollie Collection

James Little, Double Exposure, 2008, oil and wax on canvas, 39 × 50 in. Saint Louis Art Museum, The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie 190:2017. © June Kelly Gallery / James Little

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents paintings, drawings, and prints by five generations of black artists who have revolutionized abstract art since the 1940s. The exhibition includes Norman Lewis’s gestural drawings, Sam Gilliam’s radically shaped paintings, James Little’s experiments with color, and Chakaia Booker’s explorations in printmaking, among many others. Despite their significant contributions, many of these accomplished artists have remained largely under-recognized and omitted from the existing narrative of art history. However, the re-examination and celebration of this history is underway.

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