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Continuous Surface: Selections from the Hampton Collection
August 29––October 29, 2000
For more information or visuals, contact Stacey Atchley, 562.985.5761

On view from August 29th through October 29th, the University Art Museum presents a selection of paintings from the Gordon F. Hampton Collection. A remarkable body of 85 works of art by 42 artists, the collection was generously given to the UAM in 1999 by the Hampton Foundation through the generosity of the children of renowned Los Angeles attorney and art connoisseur Gordon F. Hampton. Although comprised of a diverse body of mid-twentieth century abstract painting, the collection is perhaps best known for a number of rare paintings by such highly regarded second-generation Abstract Expressionists as Lee Krasner, Al Held, and Milton Resnick.

Although mid-century abstractionists were disparate in their visual language, they were unified in their quest to create art that is the tangible embodiment of intense feeling and spontaneous self-expression. Continuous Surface explores how nine such artists, disenchanted with the physical limitations of canvas, painted what they considered to be fragments of visions that extended beyond the surfaces and perimeters of the picture plane. Through the use of aggressively gestural brushwork, monumentally proportioned canvases, and highly emotive color, these inheritors of the Abstract Expressionist tradition were successful in achieving what Al Held described as paintings that “push out from the surface” and engage the viewer “in terms of the real space between the spectator and the painting surface.”

The exhibition, which is the first extensive examination of the Hampton Collection since its bequest, is curated by the California State University, Long Beach Museum Studies Class of 2000. The students, under the guidance of UAM staff, have been responsible for all aspects of its planning, including the development of educational materials, the formation of a curatorial theme, and the selection of artwork.

Ed Gilliam, Michael Goldberg, Nancy Graves, Al Held, Roger Herman, Michael Johnson, Lee Krasner, Milton Resnick, Norton Wisdom.

Stacey Atchley, Patty Coleman, Anna Kim, Christine Mickey, Zulema Reynoso, Rae Anne Robinett, Suzanna Szwewiola.

There will be a public reception in the UAM galleries on Friday, September 22nd, from 7—9 pm.

Three UAM@noon programs related to the exhibition have been planned. On Tuesday, September 26th, an informal gallery talk will be given by the exhibition curators. On Tuesday, October 17th, Dr. Karen Kleinfelder, CSULB Professor of Art History, will share her insights on Continuous Surface. Additionally, a musical ensemble will perform works selected in response to the exhibition on Tuesday, October 24th. All events begin at 12:15pm. The public is invited to bring lunch and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks.

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