Lines of Thought

January 5–July 3, 2022

This collection-based exhibition of gestural paintings from the 1950s to the present features works by key international figures who have continued to explore artistic possibilities within or in dialogue with gestural abstraction

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  • Hans Hofmann: The Clash, 1964; oil on canvas; 52 1/8 x 60 1/4 in.; BAMPFA, Gift of the artist.

  • Katy Cowan: fluxing, reflecting, lanterns; a flip, 2021; oil, enamel, and graphite on cast aluminum; 30 x 40 x 3 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Scott Cowan.

  • Oliver Lee Jackson: Painting (6.4.83), 1983; oil on canvas; 84 1/2 x 108 in.; Collection of BAMPFA; gift of Naomi and Robert Lauter. © Oliver Lee Jackson

  • Rashid Johnson: Untitled Anxious Bruise Drawing, 2021; oil on cotton rag; 38 1/4 x 50 in.; courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Jeff McLane

  • Joan Mitchell: High Water, 1970; oil on canvas; 112 x 78 3/4 in.; Collection of BAMPFA; Purchased with the aid of funds from the bequest of Joseph H. Schaffner

  • Wu Jian’an: 500 Brushstrokes No. 63, 2019; ink, watercolor, paper, and collage on Xuan paper; 43 3/8 x 55 in.; Collection BAMPFA, gift of Jennifer Y. Chang in honor of Lawrence Rinder

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  • Thursday, March 3, 12 PM

    Julie Rodrigues Widholm on Lines of Thought

    Join BAMPFA director Julie Rodrigues Widholm, who organized Lines of Thought, for an engaging tour of the exhibition, including insights into her curatorial thinking.