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Special exhibition labels Excavating New Ground

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Excavating New Ground
American Art in the 1970s
February 11 August 14
Curated by Andrea Douglas, Guest Curator
Thomas H. Bayly Building . 155 Rugby Road . Charlottesville VA 22904-4119
aUV MU n i v e r s i t y o f V i r g i n i a A r t M u s e u m
Excavating New Ground
American Art in the 1970s
Excavating New Ground is not a comprehensive survey of art produced in the 1970s, but these
fourteen works, created by artists who resided primarily on the East Coast, exemplify the diversity of
art practice across the decade. No single style or technique held sway in the 1970s. This was partly
attributable to an explosion in the number of arts programs, art degrees, and opportunities for
exhibition--the most since the 1950s. In addition, a rapid-fire exchange of ideas went on in the spaces
where artists lived and socialized: apartments, studios, and public spaces like restaurants and bars.
The result was painting and sculpture of a highly experimental and idiosyncratic sort. As the painter
Alfred Leslie put it, "There was constant talk about the formal, the informal, irony, narrative, content,
abstraction, the non-representational, figuration, realism, popular culture, high art--everything was
to be re-examined."


Source: Acton, Scott - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences