Breaking the Mold
Selections from the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1961-1968
- PUBLISHED: May 2008
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 144 Pages, 9 x 12 in, 91 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780911919059
Breaking the Mold focuses on paintings from a pivotal time, one of transition from postwar abstract expressionism to new artistic developments. It includes works on paper, paintings, and sculpture by fifty artists including Josef Albers, Richard Diebenkorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Morris Louis, and Marcel Duchamp.
The Washington Gallery of Modern Art (WGMA) was founded in Washington, DC, on October 28, 1961, to increase the national and international attention given to contemporary art in the nation's capital, with an expressed purpose to exhibit and collect contemporary works of art. In 1968, the museum's collection was sold to the Oklahoma Art Center.
This historically important collection from the former Washington gallery played an important role in the collection and cultivation of contemporary American art movements from the 1950s and 1960s, including late abstract expressionism, color field painting, minimalism, and pop art.
Authors & Contributors
Barbara Rose is an American art historian and critic and author of more than twenty books. The other contributors are Gerald Nordland and Hardy S. George.
Introduction and Acknowledgments / Carolyn Hill
When Washington, D.C. Was an Art Capital / Barbara Rose
The Washington Gallery of Modern Art and its Collection (1961-1968) / Gerald Nordland
The Washington Color Painters / Hardy S. George
Alice Denney on the Washington Gallery of Modern Art / Interview by Hardy George on June 27, 2006
Conversations with Walter Hopps, Selections from a Series of Interviews / Conducted by Judith Richardson Markley, March 1988
A must for contemporary collections.- Umbrella