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Art Intelligence Global is thrilled to present its debut exhibition, Shatter: Color Field and the Women of Abstract Expressionism, a group show spotlighting five female artists whose pioneering explorations of color greatly expanded the frontiers of Abstract Expressionism. The first of its kind in Asia, the exhibition showcases important works by key women who experimented, probed, and eventually triumphed in launching abstract painting beyond what had been established by the male-dominated New York School.

The show takes its title from Helen Frankenthaler’s Shatter (1953), a groundbreaking work generously on loan from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, which demonstrates her revolutionary break from the New York School in pure form. Accompanying Shatter is Untitled (1950) by Lee Krasner, graciously on loan from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as works by three other women forerunners who have until recently remained relative outsiders: Lynne Drexler, Alma Thomas, and Yvonne Thomas.

For the latter three artists, Shatter: Color Field and the Women of Abstract Expressionism will be the first exhibition of their work in Asia; notably, it is also the first major presentation of Lynne Drexler’s work outside of Maine since the mid-1960s. By linking some of the most well-known and least well-known women of abstract painting, the show highlights their diverse and exceptional accomplishments and innovations.

Special thanks are due to the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Gwen F. Chanzit, curator emerita of modern art and the Herbert Bayer Collection, Denver Art Museum.

Shatter: Color Field and the Women of Abstract Expressionism

3 October — 2 December 2022
Hong Kong
Installation Views
Individual Works
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