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Minnesota Museum of American art shows key abstract work, at College of Visual Art gallery

The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) may not have a permanent space yet, but that hasn’t stopped curator Kristin Makholm from finding ingenious partnerships by which to begin showing key pieces in the institution’s impressive permanent collec

George Morrison, "Untitled," 1955. Watercolor on paper.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Museum of American Art
George Morrison, “Untitled,” 1955. Watercolor on paper.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) may not have a permanent space yet, but that hasn’t stopped curator Kristin Makholm from finding ingenious partnerships by which to begin showing key pieces in the institution’s impressive permanent collection.

In “Generation Abstraction,” on view now at the College of Visual Arts Gallery in St. Paul, you can see examples of the MMAA’s holdings of mid-20th century “responses to modern abstraction,” from the heyday of abstract expressionism in the 1950s to 1970s Minimalism.

The exhibition includes pieces by local and national notables, including Kinji Akagawa, Herbert Bayer, Joan Brown, Porfirio DiDonna, Enrico Donati, Fritz Glarner,  Eugene Larkin, George Morrison, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Alfonso Ossorio, Henry Pearson, Gabor Peterdi, Fanny Sanin, Peter Voulkos, and Frederick Wardy.

It’s definitely worth a look, but you’ll need to go this weekend: the show closes in a matter of days.

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“Generation Abstraction: Selections from the Minnesota Museum of American Art” is on view at the College of Visual Arts gallery in St. Paul through March 28.