Grace Hartigan. Shinnecock Canal. 1957

Grace Hartigan Shinnecock Canal 1957

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 405 The David Geffen Galleries

In this painting inspired by the Shinnecock Canal, which runs through the South Fork of Long Island, Hartigan transforms landscape into a dynamic interplay of colliding colors and forceful gestures. "I want an art that is not 'abstract' and not 'realistic,'" she said. Hartigan was the only woman included in New American Painting, an exhibition organized by MoMA that traveled throughout Europe from 1956 to 1958 and helped to establish Abstract Expressionism as a dominant international style. In an attempt to circumvent the prejudice against women artists in the 1950s, she exhibited briefly under the name George Hartigan.

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
7' 6 1/2" x 6' 4" (229.8 x 193 cm)
Credit
Gift of James Thrall Soby
Object number
6.1960
Copyright
© 2021 Grace Hartigan
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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