From October 8 to December 4, the Coos Art Museum will present Towards a 21st Century Abstraction, a traveling exhibition highlighting the works of seven great abstract painters from across the country. Performers include: David Bailin of Wellfeet, Massachusetts, Connie Connally of Santa Barbara, California, Brad Ellis of Dallas Texas, Jeri Ledbetter of Memphis, Tennessee, Katherine Chang Liu of Westlake Village, California, Sammy Peters of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Wosene Worke Kosrof from Berkeley, California.
“Abstract art has been a viable form of visual creation for over a hundred years. Its meanings and manifestations have multiplied over the years, resisting or avoiding the vagaries of fashion to offer artists an increasingly wide range of language and meaning. Why, then, do we worry – or, conversely, casually reject – the survival of abstract art? Is abstraction dead? Is it movable? Should abstract art be defended at this stage, or simply reaffirmed? And in both cases, by whom? Peter Frank, art critic and curator of the exhibition.
This exhibit arrives in Coos Bay from the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art and will head to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in 2022. More information about the exhibit and participating artists is available on the website https: // www. .abstraction21c.com /.
The Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of the scenic South Oregon Coast since 1966. It occupies a 1936 US Federal Art Deco building in downtown Coos Bay. The museum offers a wide range of artistic activities, including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the museum is $ 5 generally, $ 2 for students, veterans and the elderly, and free for museum members.