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In the second half of the 1950s, Washington D.C. saw a flourishing of abstract art by artists whose primary interest was the use of color. The term Washington Color School likely originated with a 1965 exhibition at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, titled “Washington Color Painters” and curated by then gallery director Gerald Nordland. The show exhibited the works of Kenneth Noland, Paul Reed, Morris Louis, Howard Mehring, Thomas Downing, and Gene Davis. Additional artists whose work came to be associated with the Washington Color School include Leon Berkowitz, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Alma Thomas, Anne Truitt, and others. In this class we’ll explore the work of these artists, with a special emphasis on their innovative approaches to color, technique, and materials.

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, artist and poet, will lead this class on Zoom. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University (B.A., Studio Art) and Warren Wilson College (MFA, Creative Writing).  She has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation, as well as resident artist at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.  Her paintings and prints have been exhibited locally and regionally and her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies. Marie is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry. Her website is www.mariepavlicek.com.

(Image: Kaf by Morris Louis, 1959-1960)

No class on Thurs. Sept. 16, 2021.

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