This exhibitionâs title, Abstract Mystique pays homage to Betty Friedanâs legendary 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-âwave feminism in the United States. Spanning three generations, this exhibition includes work by seven contemporary female artists from Southern California who revisit some aspects of Abstract Expressionism but likewise explore their own idiosyncratic approaches to painting. Lorraine Cleary Dale, Virginia Katz, Trang Le, Nancy Monk, Leslie Love Stone, Gretel Stephens and Maggie Tennesen represent a slice of the incredibly diverse Abstraction currently being produced in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. These women have found their own way of imbuing abstraction with personal meaning. While some may view abstraction as the antithesis of concrete ideas, or merely a visual trope, these artists utilize abstraction as an affirmation of self-â identity, discovery and realization.