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AGNES PELTON: DESERT TRANSCENDENTALIST
Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street
The curatorial tour will be live-streamed: please note that the remarks will be live-streamed and saved on the Whitney’s YouTube channel.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness. Using an abstract vocabulary of curvilinear, biomorphic forms and delicate, shimmering veils of light, she portrayed her awareness of a world that lay behind physical appearances—a world of benevolent, disembodied energies animating and protecting life. Pelton’s isolation from the mainstream art world meant that her paintings were relatively unknown during her lifetime and in the decades thereafter. This exhibition of approximately forty-five works, ranging from 1917 to 1960, forefronts a little-known artist whose luminous, abstract images of transcendence are only now being fully recognized.
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum, and curated by Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator. The installation at the Whitney is overseen by Barbara Haskell, curator, with Sarah Humphreville, senior curatorial assistant.
Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014 whitney.org