Joan of Arc

About Grace Hartigan

Critics and historians have called Grace Hartigan both a second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter and a forebear of Pop art, though she was not satisfied with either categorization. In explaining the content and purpose of her work, Hartigan once said: “perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor—emotional pain remembered in tranquility.” Hartigan painted intensely colored, gestural figures, inspired by coloring books, film, canonical painting, and advertising. She was a disciple of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and also studied with Isaac Lane Muse. She gained early critical attention when in 1950, she was included in Clement Greenberg and Meyer Schapiro’s “New Talents” exhibition. In 1958, Hartigan was hailed by Life magazine as one of the best young female American painters.

American, 1922-2008, New Jersey

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
The New York School (1940's-1980's), Levis Fine Art, New York
2016
Test Show, Levis Fine Art, New York
2016
Women of Abstract Expressionism, Denver Art Museum, Denver

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The New York School (1940's-1980's), Levis Fine Art, New York
2016
Test Show, Levis Fine Art, New York
2016
Women! Women! (Of the 50's), Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
2016
Women of Abstract Expressionism, Denver Art Museum, Denver
2016
Works On Paper, Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas
2015
Summer's Bounty, Caldwell Gallery Hudson, Hudson
2015
Summer '15, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore
2014
Summer '14, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore
2014
Summer Group Show, ACA Galleries, New York
2014
The Amusing Style, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York
2013
Summer '13, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore
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