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Ann Weaver Norton: Gateways to Modernism

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Sunday, November 26, 2017

Gallery Talks Wednesdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm

When Ann Weaver (1905-1982) from Selma, Alabama, arrived in New York City to study art, she was not yet twenty years old.  She found herself in the world of modern art which was still male-dominated and very partial to Social Realism:  it was the heyday of an artist such as Thomas Hart Benton, for example, and her early works were very much influenced by both the subjects and stylistic strategies of the Social Realists and Regionalists.  But travel and the passage of time brought her into contact with a broader range of artists; by the time she moved to West Palm Beach to teach sculpture at the Norton Gallery and School of Art, in early 1943, she had evolved into an artist whose sympathies clearly lay with those who promoted abstraction in American art.  This exhibition will assemble an array of her drawings and pastels, maquettes, and finished sculptures in various media which will bring to life both her artistic journey, over several decades, and the remarkable technical evolution of her works from small-scale figural groups to monumental and symbolic abstractions in wood, granite, and brick.

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