Second Street Gallery is privileged to present its first exhibition honoring a principal figure of the second generation of Abstract Expressionism. Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell will be held from June 7 to July 19 in Second Street Gallery’s Main Gallery.
Joan Mitchell is recognized as one of the most significant artists in Post-War American Art. A leading figure in the New York School and second generation Abstract Expressionist movement, Mitchell is known for the compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes of her large and multi-paneled paintings. Taking its title from the 2011 biography by Patricia Albers, this exhibition will examine the lasting influence that Joan Mitchell has had on women artists who continue to work in the abstract expressionist style of painting. Artists participating in the exhibition include: Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, and Priscilla Long Whitlock of Virginia, as well as Molly Herman, a native of Alexandria, Virginia who now lives and works in New York City.
The highlight of the exhibition will be the inclusion of two rarely seen original works of art by Joan Mitchell, on loan to Second Street Gallery from The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia. The Untitled works, a painting and a work on paper both dated 1957, are important compositions from a significant year in Joan Mitchell’s oeuvre.