Cut: Abstraction in the United States from the 1970s to the Present & Spheres of Meaning: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books at Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, through August 25, 2019

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, part of Florida International University, kicks off the summer of art in Miami with two original new exhibitions. CUT: Abstraction in the United States from 1970s to the Present examines a multigenerational group of artists who challenge painting surfaces by making cuts, carvings and indentions. Spheres of Meaning: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books presents more than 30 works ranging from manipulated texts to new narrative forms. CUT features more than 20 artworks by leading abstract artists, including Al Loving, Elizabeth Murray and Jack Whitten, alongside younger artists such as Clara Varas, Maria de los Angeles Rodriguez Jimenez, Loriel Beltran, and Alejandro Contreras. Spheres of Meaning: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books celebrates artists’ books by creatives who are either living in Miami or have called Miami home, including Purvis Young, Margarita Cano, Lydia Rubio, Diego Gutierrez, Carlos Macia, Jeannette Stargala, and Rosemarie Chiarlone. The show presents a range of artists’ books, from manipulated texts to new narrative forms, and books as sculpture.

Cut: Abstraction in the United States from the 1970s to the Present, June 1, 2019 – August 25, 2019

Sam Gilliam, b.1933, Tupelo, Mississippi, lives and works in Washington, D.C. Of Yellow and Gingers, 1979. Acrylic on Canvas, 80 x 300 inches overall. Collection of Jumaane and Lauren N’Nmandi.

Clara Varas, Crescent (Pink and Yellow), 2017. Oil, latex, spray on wood and linen, 26 × 26 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Spinello Projects.

Nanette Carter, b. 1954, Columbus, Ohio, lives and works in New York City, New York. Cantilevered #1, 2015. Oil on Mylar, 64 x 64 inches. Collection of Jumaane and Lauren N’Nmandi.

Jack Whitten. E-Stamp IV (Five Spirals: For Al Loving), 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College © Jack Whitten Estate Image. Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth.

Jack Whitten. Untitled II, 1974-75. Acrylic on canvas, 41 51/64 x 41 51/64 inches. The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College © Jack Whitten Estate Image. Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth.

Jeffrey Gibson, b. 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado, lives and works in Hudson, New York. Study #1 (Stop and Start), 2011-12. Acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Gibson, b. 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado, lives and works in Hudson, New York Study #2 (The sun always comes out), 2011-12. Acrylic and graphite on paper, 7 ½ x 11 inches. Courtesy of the artist; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.

Ed Clark, b. 1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, lives and works in New York City, New York. China Series, 1999. Acrylic on canvas, Chinese rice paper collage, 60 x 80 inches. Collection of Jumaane and Lauren N’Nmandi.

Howardena Pindell, b. 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives and works in New York, New York. Untitled #21, 2003. Mixed media, 7 x 9 ½ x ½ inches. Collection of Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis.

Roberto Jamora, b. 1987, Annapolis, Maryland, lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. Joan Carries All of This at the Women’s March (In Conversation with Joan Ariete-Hein), 2018. Oil and beeswax on canvas, 36 x 44 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Page Bond Gallery

Spheres of Meaning: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books, June 8, 2019 – August 25, 2019

Lisa Haque, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Milk Teeth, 2018. Text on air-dried handmade kozo paper, gouache drawings based on microscopic teeth anatomy, 8 x 10 ½ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Haque, lives and works in Miami, Florida Dua, 2019. Cotton and kozo, 18 x 13 ½ x 2 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Jeannette Stargala, b. Germany, lives and works in Miami, Florida. The Fleetingness of the Color Red, 2017. 35 monoprints on Bristol, Manila Hemp, Glassine, Assagami and Tengucho paper, 26 ½ x 19 x 1 3/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Donna Ruff, b. 1947, Chicago, Illinois, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Relief and Rescue, 2006. Altered book, 14 x 10 x 1 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Donna Ruff, b. 1947, Chicago, Illinois, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Fourth Estate, 2019. Papier Mâché from The Financial Times, linen twine, flax, sage, 12 x 48 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Rosemarie Chiarlone, two titles/two spools: Wander, (2019), and Exit, (2019). Both are vintage spools, industrial felt, cotton thread, deer tan cow hide. Courtesy of the artist. Based on Susan Weiner’s Poems, Wander and Exit.

Rosemarie Chiarlone, b. 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Rupture Unseen, 2019. Folded paper and perforated paper, 108 x 169 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Diego Gutierrez, b. 1982, Los Angeles, California, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Number 4, Miami Beach (detail), 2019. Mixed media, 20 ½ x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Onajide Shabaka, b. 1948, Cincinnati, Ohio, lives and works in Miami, Florida. Dictionary, pg. 9 © 1991. Spiral bound photobook, silver gelatin prints, collage, 18 pages 5 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Cut and Spheres of Meaning are curated by Dr. Amy Galpin, Chief Curator, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.

Images courtesy Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.