Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Living Color: Gary Hudson in the 1970s"

Gary Hudson, Pi Kuan, 1970
This exhibition, now showing through January 8, 2017, showcases the 1970s work of painter Gary Hudson, who was associated with the lyrical abstraction movement. Hudson received a master’s of fine art degree from Yale University in the 1960s and studied there with famed artist and teacher Hans Hofmann. In the late 1970s, Hudson created works of lyrical abstraction. In contrast to minimalism, the lyrical abstractionists took a looser, more painterly approach to abstract art. Hudson experimented with the importance of color and line in composition. Sometimes he soaked cloth with paint, then pulled it across a canvas, allowing color to saturate the surface randomly. Hudson's works are in public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Diego Museum of Fine Arts as well as in many private collections.

Gary Hudson, Silver Plaque, ca. 1971
Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of the exhibition, said, “This exhibition offers us the opportunity to appreciate and examine a pivotal moment in Hudson’s career. With these works, we can clearly see the legacy of both abstract expressionism and minimalism, but also how the artist took these movements and reshaped them in new ways in the 1970s.”

Related events include:

• Family Day: Express Yourself
September 17, 10 a.m. to noon

• Teen Studio: Abstract Expressionism
November 3, 5:30–8:30 p.m. (free but registration required via 706-542-8863 or email

• Tour at Two
November 16 at 2 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

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