A comprehensive survey of abstract art by Palmetto State artists from the mid-twentieth century to the present
Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949–2012 was first published in conjunction with an exhibition hosted by the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. The book celebrates the creativity of South Carolina artists by focusing on abstract art from across the state from the past sixty years, featuring forty-four artists and including art in mediums ranging from abstract painting to sculpture.
Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, both young art museums and university and college art departments in South Carolina experienced a significant amount of growth, bringing in artists from across the state and beyond. Art departments were able to hire more instructors and new museums were able to open, including the Columbia Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. As a result of the regional artistic boom, appreciation of art and culture began to expand and South Carolina artists were inspired to create new work, featuring new techniques and non-representational subject matter. Abstract Art in South Carolina contributes to our understanding of South Carolina art by providing a new look at a unique genre that represents artists whose work is still garnering critical and commercial acclaim as it continues to evolve.