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Betty Parsons - Round About
Betty Parsons, Round About, 1974
Mixed media on wood,
22 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches

TOTEM MATERIA
Sculpture and Paintings by Betty Parsons

September 10-October 11, 2008

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Spanierman Gallery, LLC is pleased to announce the opening on September 10, 2008 of Totem Materia: Sculpture and Paintings by Betty Parsons. As an art dealer and advocate of the leading avant-garde artists of the mid- and late twentieth century, Parsons (1900-1982) held a critical position in the American art world for over three decades.  Yet the renown of her gallery, and her prescience in giving recognition to artists long before their work became accepted by others, has overshadowed an awareness of her own art.  This situation has been remedied in the last decade and a half, when several exhibitions and publications have been devoted to Parsons’s oeuvre, revealing its originality and her distinctive artistic voice.  Following shows held at venues including the Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton, New York (1992), the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York (1999), and the Naples Museum of Art, Florida (2005), the present exhibition provides a further opportunity to reveal a body of work that, while reflecting the radical currents that she championed, also demonstrates Parsons’s unique perspective, in which she often side-stepped the serious, theoretical outlook of the abstract art of her time to allow wit, personality, and direct inventiveness to guide her creative efforts.

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