PARADOX of the BIG - THE LOST FILM OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST RUTH ABRAMS
About the exploration of space in the paintings and voice of Ruth Abrams, this film looks at evolving concepts and changing visual perceptions ensuing in our time. The art pieces in ‘Paradox of the Big’ describe an aesthetic journey of discovery and a visual vocabulary rooted in an encounter with the cosmos and the universal, unconfined to the earth and possibly even to human experience. Abrams called all of the pieces in the film ‘Microcosms,’ and over 70 of them will be on display at Yeshiva University Museum August 12, 2012 - January 2013.
Ruth Abrams was a painter of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists who remained closely associated through much of her career with artists who are now household names: Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and others. Yet, when she died in 1986, the New York Times caller “a woman unfairly neglected in a macho era.” Indeed, in spite of her work alongside these luminaries, she, much like other female AbEx artists, was nearly forgotten.
As part of the larger reshaping of postwar art history that has brought belated recognition to female artists such as Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning and others, from August 12, 2012 - January 2013, Abrams’s works on canvas and paper will be on display at Yeshiva University Museum, in the first retrospective of the artist in over a quarter century. The exhibition will showcase over 70 Microcosms, as well as large-cale color landscapes, abstract portraits, and other work from across Abram’s 40-year career, all from the Museum’s own collection.