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Formal Explorations: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection


Evert Witte (born 1951), Tribute Dinner (detail), 2013. acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, courtesy of the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship, 2013.082.

Many Mississippi artists feel an inherent need to tell a story, and it is human nature to try to find meaning in recognizable imagery. Though narrative art has long been the foothold of visual representation for Mississippi’s artists, there are several who have explored the non-objective realm. These artists, like Dusti Bongé, Andrew Bucci, and Millie Howell are prime examples of artists whose work was aligned with the tenets of Modernism and the exploration of color and form. Instead of shying from abstraction, the works in this exhibition show Mississippi artists’ affinity towards using their media to express emotion, invoke universal themes, and focus on the form of their compositions.