Joan MItchell is Coming to Second Street Gallery!

POSTED ON 5.15.2019

Second Street Gallery is privileged to present its first exhibition honoring a principal figure of the second generation of Abstract Expressionism. Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell will be held from June 7 to July 19 in Second Street Gallery’s Main Gallery. Artists participating in the exhibition include: Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, and Priscilla Long Whitlock of Virginia, as well as Molly Herman, a native of Alexandria, Virginia who now lives and works in New York City.

The highlight of the exhibition will be the inclusion of two rarely seen original works of art by Joan Mitchell, on loan to Second Street Gallery from The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia. The Untitled works, a painting and a work on paper both dated 1957, are important compositions from a significant year in Joan Mitchell’s oeuvre.

“The inclusion of these works will add immeasurably to the visual and scholarly distinction of Second Street Gallery’s exhibition,” says Executive Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia. “It was my goal to include at least one original work by Joan Mitchell in this exhibition, and give these artists, who have looked to Mitchell for inspiration in their own career, the opportunity to finally exhibit alongside the artist.”

Matthew McLendon, the J. Sanford Miller Family Director of The Fralin Museum of Art, shared Chiacchia’s enthusiasm for the partnership: “It is a pleasure loaning two works by Joan Mitchell to this important exhibition at Second Street Gallery celebrating her continuing influence. As a vital bridge between the University of Virginia and the wider Charlottesville community, The Fralin Museum of Art is honored to be partnering with one of our community’s most valued cultural assets.”

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on First Friday, June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm with artist remarks at 6:30pm.

This exhibition is made possible in part by The FUNd at CACF, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, and The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia.

Downloand the offical Press Release HERE.

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