December 8, 2012 - March 3, 2013
Georgia Museum of Art
Sponsored by: Georgia Museum of Art
Contact: Hillary Brown Director of Communications 706-542-4662
"Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction.Organized by Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., and Christiane H. Citron, this retrospective exhibition features 50 works by award-winning painter and printmaker Minna Citron (1896–1991). Citron’s New York-based career was long and distinguished, with numerous exhibitions worldwide and her works represented in the permanent collections of major museums in the United States and abroad.
This show sheds light on a historically important 20th-century American artist who is newly increasing in prominence. A lifelong, self-proclaimed feminist, Citron was a divorced mother and an artist who believed strongly in individual expression.
Born in 1896 in Newark, N.J., Citron studied at the Arts Student League of New York under artists John Sloan and Kenneth Hayes Miller. In the 1930s, she began her career working in a social commentary representational style as a member of a group of artists known as the Fourteenth Street School. These early works were radical and edgy, often challenging the role of women in satirical critiques of contemporary society.
In the 1940s, Citron was part of the first generation of New York Abstract Expressionists, working alongside other well-known artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Her longstanding interest in psychoanalysis and Freudian theory burgeoned during this time and later served as a source of inspiration in her abstract art.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Citron shifted away from painting and started making collages and mixed-media constructions. Despite the change to a more abstract mode of representation, she continued to address women’s issues and perspectives in her works of art.
This exhibition will cover each phase in Citron’s career as an artist. The display will be organized chronologically to provide a sense of her career and her evolution as an artist. Juniata College is also publishing an exhibition catalogue in conjunction with the show.
All of the works in the exhibition come from the collection of the artist’s granddaughter Christiane H. Citron, art executor for the estate of Minna Citron.
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