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art talk with dr kevin muller
Wed Nov 30, 2022
6:30 pm

ARTalks: Abstract Expressions, 1950s and Now

A two-fer evening: refreshments and art exhibition plus a fascinating lecture that unpacks abstract art. Dr. Kevin Muller will help us see abstract art in new ways. Come for both the visual literacy assist as well as the social engagement.



In the 1950s, many American artists turned their backs on convention and embraced a radical new form of painting known as Abstract Expressionism.

In the subsequent decades newer art movements emerged, yet the legacy of Abstract Expressionism is permanent, as the exhibit Bay Area Contemporary Abstract reveals.

By understanding the methods and meanings of the Abstract Expressionist artists, we can come to a richer, more meaningful experience of the paintings by artists included in the library’s exhibit and also understand how they connect to a fascinating history that includes Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, and others.



Kevin Muller is a specialist in the history of American art. He received his Ph.D. from the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the full-time art historian at the College of Marin, and a frequent lecturer at Bay Area museums, including the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Crocker Art Museum.