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Mary Abbott: The Living Possibilities of Paint

May 1–July 25, 2021

Throughout her long career--she died in 2019 at age 98-- Mary Abbott pursued a sensuous approach to abstraction, exploring paint's "living possibilities." An active member of the abstract expressionist cohort, with studios in New York City and Southampton, she also traveled widely and was influenced by the vibrant tropical environment of Haiti and the Virgin Islands. This exhibition, courtesy of the McCormick Gallery in Chicago, focuses on her paintings of the 1950s, when her gestural canvases and works on paper abound with spontaneous expression.

Mary Abbott

Mary Abbott,  The Living Possibilities of Flesh, ca. 1955. Oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches.

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is regarded as the undisputed leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1945, Pollock married fellow artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and moved from New York City to Long Island’s East End. With a loan from art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, they purchased a small homestead on one and a quarter acres overlooking Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton.

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