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Agnes Pelton

  • Phoenix Art Museum
    1625 N. Central Ave. Central Avenue and McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ
  • March 9, 2019 to December 8, 2019
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Phone: (602) 457-5814
  • Time: Tuesday through Sunday During Museum Hours
  • Price: Free for Museum Members, Included with General Admission
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Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is the first survey on the obscure American painter in more than 24 years. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she began experimenting with abstraction in the early 1900s in New York, eventually exhibiting in the Armory Show of 1913 at the invitation of Walt Kuhn. She painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work.

 
A believer in numerology, astrology, and faith healing, Pelton’s abstract compositions propelled her into an esoteric world epitomized by the Transcendental Painting Group (1938-1942), a short-lived group that promoted abstract, non-objective art. Although Pelton received some attention during her lifetime, she has been relatively unknown within the field of American Art. Approximately 40 – 45 works will comprise this exhibition shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American Modernism.

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
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Since it opened in 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has become the largest art museum in the southwestern United States providing access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona. In the last fifty…