Period drama

“New York Modernism: Eight Artists of the 1960s” has opened this week at Cavalier Galleries in Greenwich.

And it’s a show that spotlights artists who exhibited in New York City during the height of the modern art movement.

As the gallery’s exhibition materials explain:

“Following World War II, New York City became the center of the art world when artists broke away from traditional subject and technique employing bigger gesture and using shapes of color to represent images instead of fine lines. The gesture of the works created a sense of emotion therefore allowing audiences to connect with art in a unique way. Each artist developed their own style, spurring sub movements each unique but all with the bigger themes of modern art. Abstract expressionism, pop art, color field and action painting are just a few examples, each moving beyond traditional figurative representation and exploring new ideas of space, color, light and design. Alfred Gottlieb said modern art was able to express ‘the simple expression of complex thought.’ The modern art movement was the first American art movement to gain international acclaim.”

The exhibition features the works of artists Gershon Benjamin, Cleve Gray, George McNeil, Reuben Nakain, Stephen Pace, Idelle Weber, Richard Anuszkiewicz and Darby Bannard.

Stop by – and step back in time.

The show continues to April 14 at Cavalier Galleries, at 405 Greenwich Ave.

For more, visit cavaliergalleries.com or call (203) 869-3664.

– Mary Shustack

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