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Alexander Liberman at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The third installation of the Prints & Drawings gallery in the Nancy and Rich Kinder building opened to the public on January 7, 2022. This gallery highlights modern and contemporary works from the Prints & Drawings collection.

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building is dedicated to the Museum's international collections of modern and contemporary art. The soaring spaces feature displays that span media encompassing painting and sculpture, craft and design, video, and immersive installations. The wide-ranging collection of Prints & Drawings are on view in gallery 207, split into four sections. Objects in the first section, "After Dark: Night at the Turn of the Century," show artists' responses to the aesthetic possibilities and shifting cultural connotations of night; those in the second, "Drawn to Color," represent works on paper by Color Field artists and others who explore the expressive potential of color. The last two sections include "Meticulous," which highlights works featuring repetitive, accumulative mark-making, and "Celebrating Tamarind Institute at 62," and installation of lithographs produced by women artists at this important workshop from the 1960s to today.

The second section showcases works on paper by twentieth-century Color Field artists, as well as contemporary artists influenced by the movement's embrace of pure color as a vehicle for expression. Using a diverse array of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, and pastel, the artists in "Drawn to Color" produce abstract compositions that engage in varied ways with color's evocative potential. Works by seminal figures such as Mark Rothko, Sam Francis, and Helen Frankenthaler hang alongside ones by living artists like Terrell James and Emmi Whitehorse, illustrating the continuing legacy of the Color Field movement and expanding the scope of its canon. An iridescent sculpture by John Chamberlain adds further variety and emphasizes the breadth of approaches artists have used to explore color's perceptual effects.

The installation greatly benefits from Untitled (Rust and Pink) by Alexander Liberman, which the museum purchased in 1970.