“Beyond the Tangible” opens February 11 and is on view through August 27, 2023.  Photo Credit: Contributed.

New Exhibition Focuses on Non-Objective Abstract Art


(TRENTON, NJ) – The New Jersey State Museum presents “Beyond the Tangible,” a new exhibition of 26 non-objective abstract works by 22 artists from the Fine Art collection. The exhibition opens February 11 in the Museum’s 2nd floor gallery and features works created by American artists since the late 1930s. “Beyond the Tangible” is on view through August 27, 2023. 


Non-objective abstraction is a form of art lacking identifiable landscapes, objects or people. Line, shape, color and texture take center stage in this art form. Viewers often look for meaning in this type of art. However, the artists have created these works purely for aesthetics. Some employ this form of abstraction as their sole method of expression, while others use a variety of styles to create their works. Each work invites the viewer to engage in a visual dialogue and perceive beyond the tangible.


According to Margaret O’Reilly, Museum Executive Director and curator of this show, “A number of the works included in this exhibition haven’t been on view in some time, and we’re pleased have this opportunity to share them with the public again.”


The New Jersey State Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. General admission is free.  For additional information visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.

NJ STATE MUSEUM_FA1997.24 – Overstreet, Joe – Fire and Ice. Photo Credit: Contributed.

About the New Jersey State Museum

Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum encompasses three buildings including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and holds over 2 million artifacts in its collections in Archaeology/Ethnography, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History. The New Jersey State Museum is a center for the exploration of science, history and the arts. We preserve and share stories that inspire curiosity and creativity for the enrichment of our communities.


About the New Jersey State Museum Foundation

The New Jersey State Museum Foundation was founded in 1968 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to support the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and marketing. In recent years, the Foundation has received generous support from the PNC Foundation, NJM Insurance Group, Department of State/New Jersey Historical Commission, The Henry Luce Foundation, The Capstone Foundation and Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Foundation also operates the Museum membership program, as well as the Museum Shop which sells merchandise related to the Museum’s exhibitions and collections, and New Jersey history and culture. Proceeds support the New Jersey State Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs.


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