This major exhibition explores new forms of abstract painting from the 1960s, following the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Highlighting color-based, geometric, and perceptual experiments, this selection of works from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Collection includes an international group of 33 artists associated with some of the key painting movements of the mid-20th century: Color Field, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Hard-Edge, and Op Art. Bold Abstractions at Rockford Art Museum marks the first time the Thoma’s significant post-war painting collection has been shown at a public institution.

Bold Abstractions includes work by Josef AlbersPeter AlexanderRichard AnuszkiewiczAntonio AsisKarl BenjaminJudy ChicagoCarlos Cruz-DiezGene DavisRonald DavisThomas DowningFriedel DzubasWojciech FangorLorser FeitelsonHelen FrankenthalerSam GilliamFrederick HammersleyJune HarwoodCharles HinmanPaul JenkinsJulio Le ParcMorris LouisAlvin LovingHelen LundebergJohn McLaughlinEd MieczkowskiKenneth NolandJules OlitskiMatilde PerezPaul ReedJulian StanczakTadaskyAnne Truitt, and Victor Vasarely.

This exhibition is organized by Carrie Johnson. Support for Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection and its related programming—including free daily admission to all visitors for the duration of the exhibition—is provided by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, and partially supported by a Partners in Excellence grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Founded in 2014 and based in Chicago and Santa Fe, the Thoma Foundation recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity and connect people across cultures.

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