UMW Galleries Host Exhibit of Abstract Painting

The University of Mary Washington Galleries is hosting the exhibit “Anarchistic Abstraction” through Monday, Dec. 2 in both the Ridderhof Martin and duPont galleries.

Steven Cushner, ECHO #3, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 70″x75″, © Steven Cushner, Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts

Steven Cushner, ECHO #3, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 70″x75″, © Steven Cushner, Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts

“Anarchistic Abstraction” demonstrates facets of abstract painting’s ongoing anarchistic processes through the works of more than 20 artists. In this exhibit, anarchy is represented in two ways: as a state of lawlessness or disorder and as a free, utopian society of cooperation, without coercion or hierarchical authority. Both definitions, one signifying the urgency of revolution and the other based on democratic processes, tell the story of painting’s deconstruction, the profound doubt of its modern practitioners, and its evolution, especially since the 1960s.

Both galleries are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed during university holidays and breaks. Free parking for gallery visitors is designated in the lot on College Avenue at Thornton Street. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://galleries.umw.edu.