Docent Materials for Abstraction, Color, and Politics

A vast surface of orange yields in the very bottom of the painting to a swath of yellow, under which there is a line of white and green, and under that a thin black line.
Helen Frankenthaler
Sunset Corner
acrylic on canvas
121 in. x 92 7/8 in. x 1 1/2 in. ( 307.34 cm x 235.9 cm x 3.81 cm )
Museum Purchase
An assemblage of wooden boxes painted black. The boxes are mounted on top of each other and each box contains carved pieces of wood in various shapes. 
Louise Nevelson
Dark Presence III
painted wood
97 in x 140 ¼ in x 10 in (246.38 cm x 356.24 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Bobby Kotick

Sam Gilliam


Al Loving


LOVING. Elizabeth Rauh notes


LOVING. Torn Canvas Article


LOVING. Hyperallergic Article


FRANKENTHALER. Ruth Slavin Notes

FRANKENTHALER. Ruth Slavin Notes with LInks




NEVELSON. Grace VanderVliet Notes


GILLIAM. Article

Ruth Slavin, Pam Reister, Elizabeth Rauh, and Grace VanderVliet each presented one artist at the Docent CE session on Monday, October 8th. We began the session with a close looking activity (grid), which docents could use with visitors. Found here are articles and links used to guide the discussion. The general points each presenter attempted to cover included: 

1. Artist's trajectory and biographical bits

2. How this specific work fits into that arc

3. Working methods

4. Perspective on abstraction: did s/he take a stand?

5. How is this work political, or not? 


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