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Postcards: Abstracts from the Americas

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The Carter spotlights the art of two continents

Untitled, by New Mexico painter Joe H. Herrera, is one of 85 works in Constructive Spirit. (Photo courtesy Jonson Gallery, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque)

An innovative exhibit at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum features 85 works by more than 65 abstract artists from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States. Not only does Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920-50s effectively bridge the Isthmus of Panama when it comes to modernism during this dynamic period, it includes a range of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, drawings, and even films.

Organized by the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, the exhibit presents renowned artists such as Joaqúin Torres-Garcìa and Arshile Gorky, as well as lesser-known, but important artists such as Geraldo de Barros and Lidy Prati. Exhibit curator Mary Kate O’Hare of the Newark Museum says that by bringing together such a diverse group of works, the exhibit highlights parallels “that cut across time, national borders, and media.”

Rebecca Lawton, the Carter’s curator of paintings and sculpture, notes that Constructive Spirit includes works by Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, and other artists represented in the Carter’s permanent collection, giving visitors the opportunity to see these artists’ works in an international context.

The exhibit, which began June 26 and runs through September 5, includes a gallery talk on July 29, a family-oriented event on August 8, and a film screening on August 26. Call 817/738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.  —Nola McKey

From the August 2010 issue.

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