The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is presenting a significant work of abstract paintings and sculptures from SAM’s own collection in the premiere of their new exhibit, Big Picture: Art After 1945. Opening July 23, the third floor galleries will host landmark artists, tracing developments in the decades following World War II. The work reveals how abstraction established itself as a dominant aesthetic force.
Longtime visionary leaders and legendary arts patrons of SAM Virginia and Bagley Wright have donated extraordinary works to the museum over the years. During the past two years, Virginia has given a large part of their modern and contemporary collection to SAM, elevating it to a national status within this genre.
“The initial spotlight will be on the pioneering American artists whose groundbreaking ideas continue to reverberate today. We can’t think of the history of American art without them,” says Catharina Manchanda, Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art for SAM. “Come November, a look across the Atlantic to more somber works will provide a counterpoint to the great optimism of the American experiments. This changing dynamic will greatly reward repeat visits to the museum.”
Big Picture: Art After 1945
When: Saturday, July 23-ongoing
Where: SAM (1300 First Ave)