DIALOG: Landscape and Abstraction was on view when the AMA closed to the public when the pandemic struck. Now this exhibition as part of the ongoing #AMAatHome #AMAenCasa series.
This project presents works by contemporary painter Freya Grand alongside important 20th-century abstract works of AMA’s permanent collection. Here, Grand’s immersive landscapes derived from her experiences in remote regions of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands intermingle with paintings by such luminaries as Ángel Hurtado (Venezuela); Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia); Anibal Villacis (Ecuador); and Danilo di Prete, Tomie Ohtake, and Manabu Mabe (Brazil).
The works in this exhibition were selected through a conversation between AMA curator Adriana Ospina and guest curator Hilary Pierce Hatfield. Hatfield was invited to explore AMA’s extensive digital archive and in doing so, she noted strong connections between Freya Grand’s landscape paintings and certain abstract works of AMA’s collection.
Ospina and Hatfield then visited Freya Grand’s Washington, D.C. studio and continued their curatorial dialog with the artist, conversing about the process of pairing Grand’s work with Hatfield’s selections from nearly 1,000 works of AMA’s permanent collection. Without knowing of the other’s choices, the curators selected many of the same pairings, choosing paintings conveying a common language through their forms, textures, compositions, themes, and impressions. The resulting exhibition demonstrates that there is an essential dialog between landscape and abstraction; one that can be universal and shared.
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