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Approaching Abstraction

"Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection," Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough, March 15 - June 15, 2017.

This exhibition highlights La Salle University Art Museum’s holdings of works by African American artists. The exhibition features 22 paintings, drawings, mixed media, and fine art prints which incorporate abstract ideas, forms, and techniques. Many of the artworks selected for this exhibition are marked by the persistence of the figural, approaching but not fully realizing abstraction. Some artists have intentionally combined both modes of artistic expression, figuration and abstraction, seeking a synthesis which retains the figure and its social implications in representing African American life. Other works suggest more symbolic connections with the past and the present, and reflect the increasing multiculturalism of American society.

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