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Wook-kyung Choi, Untitled (detail), 1960s Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 86 cm © Wook-kyung Choi Estate and courtesy to Arte Collectum.

Whitechapel Gallery is delighted to present Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70.

Opening on 9 February 2023, this major exhibition brings together 150 paintings from an overlooked generation of 80 international women artists – this is the first time that many of the works will be on public display in the UK.

Reaching beyond the predominantly white, male painters whose names are synonymous with the Abstract Expressionist movement, this exhibition celebrates women artists from all over the world exploring similar themes of materiality, freedom of expression, perception and gesture. Each included artist endowed gestural abstraction with their own specific cultural contexts – from the rise of fascism in parts of South America and East Asia to the influence of Communism in Eastern Europe and China.

The exhibition features well-known artists associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement, including American artists Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), alongside lesser-known figures such as Mozambican-Italian artist Bertina Lopes (1924-2012) and South Korean artist Wook-kyung Choi (1940-1985). More than half of the works have never been on public display in the UK.

Further Information: Action, Gesture, Paint - Whitechapel Gallery