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Women of Abstract Expressionism

October 22, 2016 - January 22, 2017 

Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts




Perle Fine  Summer 11958-1959.

Oil paint and collage on canvas (57 x 70 in. )

McCormick Gallery, Chicago  © A.E Artworks, LLC.


Judith Godwin Epic, 1959.

Oil paint on canvas (diptych) (82 x 100 in) 

National Museum of Women in the Arts,

Washington, DC Gift of Caroline Rose Hunt

Photographed by Lee Straisworth © Judith Godwin


Ethel Schwabacher Antigone I,  1958.

Oil paint on canvas (50 5/8 x 82 1/4 in.)

Collection of Christopher C Schwabacher and Brenda S. Webster 

© Estate of Ethel Schwabacher 



The Mint Museum is excited to host Women of Abstract Expressionism, the first major museum exhibition focusing on women in the movement’s seminal years. This groundbreaking exhibition features large-scale, colorful and energy filled canvases to delight and inspire visitors.  Organized by the Denver Museum of Art, it brings together over 50 paintings by women working on the East and West Coasts between the years 1945-1960.  Many well-known and lesser known artists are featured in the exhibition.  The exhibition includes renowned artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Grace Hartigan; as well as Perle Fine, Jay DeFeo, Mary Abbott and Judith Godwin.  Visit works from major museums, private collections and artist's estates.  Experience the unique voices of these women artists of Abstract Expressionism. 




 About  Abstract  Expressionism  

Abstract Expressionism from Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History


WDAV audio programs about the exhibition


MOMA: History of Abstract Expressionism from MOMA Learning 




Finally an Exhibition Devoted to the Women of Abstract Expressionism - Hyperallergenic 


"Women of Abstract Expressionism Challenges the Canon, But it is only the beginning - Hyperallergenic



Mary Abbott in her Southampton studio surrounded by canvases from the islands, c. 1951. Photography by Tom Clyde. Courtesy McCormick Gallery, Chicago

Mary Abbott


Painting Style

Mary Abbott: Fashion Model



Jay DeFeo


The Rose

Beyond the Rose




Elaine de Kooning


NPR Feature on de Kooning

Visiting Professor of Art at Georgia 






Perle Fine

Artist's Website





Helen Frankenthaler 


Helen Frankenthaler Foundation web site

Life and Work



Sonia Gechtoff  


Art in America

Interview with Sonia Getchoff


Judith Godwin at Betty Parson Gallery, New York, with moon, 1959. Courtesy of Judith Godwin

Judith Godwin 


Artist's Website

New York Times: Women Getting their due



Grace Hartigan


Oral History Interview from the Archives of American Art

Her Work

NY Times Obituary






Lee Krasner


National Museum of Women in the Arts

Lee Krasner Papers - Archives of American Art







Joan Mitchell  

Main Page of Joan Mitchell Website

Art Rebel

Oral History Interview from the Archives of American Art









Deborah Remington 

Artist's Website





Ethel Schwabacher, 1935. Photograph by Mr. Shepard.

Courtesy of Brenda Webster. ©Estate of Ethel Schwabacher

Ethel Schwabacher





Created by Ron Stafford, Intern for the Mint Museum Library