Members' Preview Day—Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

All members are invited to enjoy early access to Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist on Friday, March 8, from 10 am–5 pm before it opens to the public on Saturday, March 9.  

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is the first survey on the obscure American painter in more than 24 years. She painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work. A believer in numerology, astrology, and faith healing, Pelton’s abstract compositions propelled her into an esoteric world epitomized by the Transcendental Painting Group (1938-1942), a short-lived group that promoted abstract, non-objective art. Although Pelton received some attention during her lifetime, she has been relatively unknown within the field of American Art. 

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Image credit: Agnes Pelton, Messengers, 1932. Oil on canvas. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum; Gift of the Melody S. Robidoux Foundation. 




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