Contact: Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-2788


August 6, 2001


DALLAS, TX (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum is pleased to announce its second special exhibition in its new building. The exhibition, Bold Strokes: Abstract Art from the Haskell Collection, will run from September 16, 2001 through December 31, 2001. Admission is free for museum members and SMU students, $5 for adults, and $3 for seniors and children ages 3 and up. For more information, please call the Meadows Museum administrative offices at 214-768-2516.

Bold Strokes contains 37 works of art from the last half of the twentieth century and captures the breadth of modern abstraction. It includes paintings by artists synonymous with the first generation of abstract expressionism: Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, and Robert Motherwell. Large paintings from the early sixties by Theodoros Stamos, Jack Tworkov, Morris Louis, and Jules Olitski display abstraction's simultaneous embrace of both emphatic brushwork and no brushwork at all. Artists representing later manifestations of the style include, among others, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell, Jean Dubuffet, and Gerhard Richter. A major focus of the exhibition is Frank Stella, whose 13 works of art exhibit his far-ranging exploration of abstraction.

Most of the works of art share a single characteristic: large size. Other similarities are more elusive. While some canvases are painted in bold strokes and aggressive colors, other images are created with thin stains that seem to hover above the surface. Rigid geometric forms stand side by side with riotously convoluted lines and shapes. Media choice stretches from straightforward oil on canvas to computerized smoke rings. Together they show the full range of abstract art -- the twentieth century's defining artistic movement.

The exhibition is drawn from the significant holdings of The Haskell Company, an international design and construction company with headquarters in Jacksonville and regional offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Raleigh, as well as from the personal collection of company chairman Preston Haskell. The emphasis on Stella, both in the exhibition and in the Haskell Collection (which includes over three dozen of his works), reveals the collector's passion for this artist. Within Stella's work Preston Haskell sees the mysterious allure inherent in art that does not "give up all its secrets in a single look."

Guest curator Dr. Kahren Arbitman says of the exhibition, "I selected works from the Haskell Collection that reveal just how broad and inclusive the banner of abstraction really is. Frank Stella alone puts on quite a tutorial. Over 30 years, he makes a remarkable artistic evolution from straightforward geometric prints to complex, seemingly irrational, mixed-media assemblages."

Additional resources:

Franz Kline
(American, 1910-1962)
Untitled, c. 1960
The Haskell Collection
Robert Rauschenberg
(American, 1925-)
Golden Chalice, 1989
The Haskell Collection
Willem de Kooning
(Dutch-American, 1904-1997)
Woman II, 1961
The Haskell Collection
Frank Stella
(American, 1936-)
Steller’s Albatross, (from Exotic Bird series) 1977
The Haskell Collection
Robert Motherwell
(American, 1915-1991)
Untitled (Red), 1972
The Haskell Collection
Frank Stella
(American, 1936-)
Double Scramble, 1978
The Haskell Collection
Gerhard Richter
(German, 1932-)
Untitled, 1964
The Haskell Collection