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Knowing and Naming: Abstraction Beyond Reality
On view through September 25, 2022
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

For over a century, artists have turned to both materials and abstraction—and away from “realism”—to comprehend the nature of reality. The concept of taking something nonrepresentational and naming it after something “real” unites the works in “Knowing and Naming: Abstraction Beyond Reality.” In each case, meaning is complicated, expanded, or deepened by the work’s title. Though they reference time, travel, spirituality, and vision, in the end, they illustrate the difference between knowing something and knowing its name.

The exhibition features work by Richard B. Beaman | Albert Bierstadt | Jane Haskell | John McCracken | Melissa Meyer | Thaddeus Mosley | Larry Poons | Mark Tobey | Russell Twiggs

[Image: Melissa Meyer (born May 4, 1946), O the Times, O the Manners]