Grace Hartigan (1960 -1965): the Perry Collection

Curated by Michael Klein

To celebrate its premiere this December 1-6, X Contemporary will exhibit a selection of paintings and collages that represent Hartigan’s Abstract Expressionist style as it evolved in the early 60s towards new levels of abstraction and representation.

Long overlooked, Hartigan was a key innovator amongst the painters of the New York School.

In fact she was the only woman in the much heralded The New American Painting, an exhibition circulated by the Museum of Modern Art in 1959 to eight European countries that included Pollock, de Kooning, Kline and twelve other leading Abstract Expressionist painters.

The variety of paintings in this exhibition range from 1960 through 1965, and they are assembled by Hartigan’s former Washington D.C. dealer, the late Beatrice Perry.  They are characteristic of Hartigan’s style at the time, a style of vivid color and texture painted on a large scale.

Similar works of this period can be found in collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice Italy.

The selection also demonstrates the shift of mood and thought as Hartigan transitioned from her studio and work life in New York to Baltimore, Maryland where she lived, painted and taught until her death in 2008.

An international fair is the perfect venue to reintroduce Hartigan’s work to a professional audience of dealers, curators and critics along with a roster of collectors and advisors who attend Miami’s fairs every year.

After its presentation in Miami the collection will tour to other institutions both in the US and abroad.