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“Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness. Art for her was a discipline through which she gave form to her vision of a higher consciousness within the universe. Using an abstract vocabulary of curvilinear, biomorphic forms and delicate, shimmering veils of light, she portrayed her awareness of a world that lay behind physical appearances—a world of benevolent, disembodied energies animating and protecting life.  For most of her career, Pelton chose to live away from the distractions of a major art center, first in Water Mill, Long Island, from 1921 to 1932, and subsequently in Cathedral City, a small community near Palm Springs, California. Her isolation from the mainstream art world meant that her paintings were relatively unknown during her lifetime and in the decades thereafter.” — Whitney Museum of Modern Art

Upcoming exhibition at the Whitney:
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

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Day (1935)

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Fires in Space (1938)

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Messengers (1932)

Sand Storm

Sand Storm (1932)

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Light Center (1947–48)

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The Blest (1941)

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