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El Paso Museum of Art's new exhibit highlights work of Paris art group Cercle et Carré

A collection of abstract art from the early 20th century Paris artist group, Cercle et Carré, is being featured at the El Paso Museum of Art.

The city of El Paso announced Tuesday that the exhibit, Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art, will be on display at the museum at 1 Arts Festival Plaza in Downtown until Aug. 15. It opened April 8.

“We are excited that our exhibition, Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), is on view in El Paso, a city and its museum that certainly understands the international spirit it represents," William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, said in a news release. The Georgia Museum of Art organized the exhibition.

"Short lived but, in some ways, a pivotal event in the history of Modernism, the movement allowed the artists whose works are on view to express a purer reality in abstraction than what they saw as the skewed reality of the Surrealists. Their response came through geometry, plain and solid. There, these artists found truth.”

According to the El Paso Museum of Art's website, "In Paris at the end of the 1920s, more than eighty artists from the Americas, Europe, and Russia formed one of the earliest groups on the continent dedicated to abstract art. The group, which included prominent abstractionists Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky, published a journal and mounted a seminal exhibition in 1930, before disbanding shortly thereafter."

The exhibition features work from more than 30 of the original participating artists, including drawings, paintings and prints. 

The museum currently is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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