CFP: Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism (Cambridge, 14 Nov 18)

Kettle’s Yard
University of Cambridge
November 14, 2018

Deadline: Oct 1, 2018

Reassessing Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism

On the occasion of the first exhibition of the American artist Richard Pousette-Dart’s work in the UK, Kettle’s Yard is organising a conference that will explore the relationship between Abstract Expressionism and sculpture. Like many artists working in the idiom of Abstract Expressionism, Pousette-Dart also experimented with sculpture and object-making. Aside from the important work of David Smith and Louise Nevelson, these creative experiments are little discussed. This conference titled, Reassessing Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism, seeks to reassess this work and ask how it furthers, or indeed challenges our understanding of Abstract Expressionism.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • The sculptural and object-based work of artists associated with Abstract Expressionism
  • The relationship between sculpture and painting in this period (c. 1940s-1960s)
  • Sculptural or object-based practices as studio work
  • The status of American sculpture in the art market in this period
  • The exhibition cultures around Abstract Expressionism, and their relationship to sculpture
  • The relationship between the sculptural work of the Abstract Expressionists and the work of neo-avant-gardes

Submit proposals for a paper of 20 minutes to before 5 pm on Monday 1 October. Your submission should include a title, abstract (of no more than 300 words), and a brief biography including, if applicable, your institutional affiliation.

The conference is convened by Kettle’s Yard staff: Dr Jennifer Powell, Head of Collection, Programme and Research, Dr Amy Tobin, Curator of Exhibitions, Events and Research and Christie Costello, Research and Curatorial Assistant.

For all general enquiries, please contact:

The conference is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Reference: CFP: Sculpture In and Beyond Abstract Expressionism (Cambridge, 14 Nov 18). In:, Sep 16, 2018. <>.

EXH : Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971, Sept 30 – Jan 29, 2017

Virginia Dawn, Franz Kline painting, 1962 by Dennis Hooper. Source: Pinterest
Virginia Dawn, Franz Kline painting, 1962 by Dennis Hooper. Source: Pinterest

The remarkable career of gallerist and patron Virginia Dwan will be featured front and center for the first time in an exhibition of some 100 works, featuring highlights from Dwan’s promised gift of her extraordinary personal collection to the National Gallery of Art. Founded by Dwan in a storefront in Los Angeles in 1959, Dwan’s West Coast enterprise was a leading avant-garde space in the early 1960s, presenting works by abstract expressionists, neo-dadaists, pop artists, and nouveaux réalistes, including Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Arman, Martial Raysse, Niki de Sant Phalle, and Jean Tinguely. In 1965, Dwan established a gallery in New York where she presented groundbreaking exhibitions of such new tendencies as minimalism, conceptual art, and land art, featuring works by Carl Andre, Walter de Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Charles Ross, Robert Ryman, and Robert Smithson, among others. Dwan emerged as a leading patron of earth works during this period, sponsoring Heizer’s monumental sculptures Double Negative (1969) and City (begun 1972); Smithson’s masterpiece Spiral Jetty (1970); the first version of Walter de Maria’s Lightning Field (1974); and Ross’s Star Axis (begun 1971). The exhibition will trace Dwan’s activities and the emergence of an avant-garde gallery in an age of mobility, when air travel and the interstate highway system linked the two coasts and transformed the making of art and the sites of its exhibition.

Organization: Organized by National Gallery of Art, Washington

Other Venues: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 19–September 10, 2017

Source : National Gallery of Art, Washington

Header Image (random): Virginia Dwan standing in the Language III installation (May 24–June 18, 1969). Detail. Photo courtesy Dwan Archive