Museum reveals untold parts of history

Grace Hartigan, “Giftwares” (1955), oil and charcoal on canvas, is part of the new BMAC exhibit.

BRATTLEBORO- Textbook descriptions of 20th century art movements typically trace a progression from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field, followed by Pop Art as a reaction to Color Field. But a new exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, “Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970,” reveals an untold part of the story, highlighting a generation of New York artists who absorbed the lessons of Abstract Expressionism but never abandoned figurative painting.

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