American Art Museum
8th & F Streets., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2004
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.
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
700 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
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.
National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20565
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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Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
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.
2401 Foxhall Road N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
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.