Princeton exhibit shows the evolution of abstract painting from 1950-1990

Abstract art’s popularity may have peaked in the 20th century, but there is a renewed interest. Though October 5, Princeton University Art Museum is exhibiting Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell.

The museum’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Kelly Baum says artists are thinking about what it means to create abstract art in the 21st century. “Painting and abstraction never die, they evolve.”

The collector Preston H. Haskell III, who endowed Baum’s position, is founder and chairman of the Haskell Company, the largest privately held construction company in Florida. Haskell and his wife, Joan, began collecting in the 1980s, hoping to model creativity and be inspirational to the then fledgling company.

The exhibition, from both Haskell’s personal holdings and those held by the Haskell Company, includes works by Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann,

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