Best Abstract Art Exhibits in Washington, D.C.

August 17, 2015 8:00 AM

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Kandinksy, Picasso, Matisse — these are a few abstract artists you may recognize. Some of the most revered artwork of all time is abstract art. With a number of different art museums and galleries, there are always new art exhibits to see. These are the best abstract art exhibits in Washington, D.C.
Art Since 1945
American Art Museum
8th & F Streets., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2004
(202) 633-1000
www.americanart.si.edu

For no charge, the American Art Museum allows thousands of visitors to view some of the world’s greatest art in one location. With over 300 years of American artwork, the museum chronicles the politics, culture, history and daily lives of Americans for centuries. “Art Since 1945” examines more recent American work, including work from William Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler. The exhibit is not focused only on abstract art, but the abstract pieces in the collection are worth a visit.

Speculative Forms
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
700 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-4674
www.hirshorn.si.edu

When you think of abstract art, you probably think of the famous paintings that are synonymous with the art form. But there is more to abstract art then just “Nude Descending a Staircase,” “No. 2″ or “Guernica;” there are also wonderful abstract sculptures. The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden exhibits a collection of sculptures from various themes, backgrounds and styles. This includes their “Speculative Forms” exhibit featuring specially curated pieces from the collection to explore the connection of the art to how the observer absorbs it.

The Serial Impulse At Gemini G.E.L
National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215
www.nga.gov

Based in California, Gemini G.E.L publishes limited edition fine art prints, and is also an artists’ workshop. For fifty years, they have been working with some of the industry’s most well renowned artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Ken Price and Robert Rauschenberg. This year, they celebrate their major milestone with an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. Seventeen artists they have worked with, including some of today’s artists, will be featured in the series exhibit. It will only be around for a few months, so you will not want to procrastinate with this one.

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Conversations: African And African American Artworks In Dialogue
Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-4600
www.conversations.africa.si.edu

Also celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Museum of African Art is celebrating with different special events. One of the special events is the “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” exhibit. The exhibit is an examination of the dynamics of power and its impacts on the African diaspora. From racial injustice to uplifting images of hope, the collection features sculptures, photography and paintings from a range of artists. You will see abstract art from artists like Robert Colescott and Erika Ranee Cosby.

The Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Road N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-3050
www.kreegermuseum.com

David and Carmer Kreeger donated their amazing collection of art, which took years to gather, to share their love of art with others. The Kreeger Museum honors their legacy by exhibiting the art through educational programs and special exhibits. Among the collection are prints, sculptures, books, paintings and works from various countries. Works by Picasso, Gilliam, Braque, Jean Dubuffet and many more other artists fill the museum. Marvel at an old favorite, or discover a new favorite work of abstract art at this important museum.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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