Significant Form: The Persistance of Abstraction
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

May 2008


The Board of Trustees of the Salt Queen Foundation is pleased to announce a large painting by Bettina Werner titled “In Hoc Signo Vinces”, created 15 years ago and exhibited at Marisa del Re Gallery in New York in 1995,will be showing in the historical exhibit:
"Significant Form: The persistence of Abstraction" at the prestigious Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition will allow audiences to engage with works by Pollock, de Kooning, and Rothko,
never before exhibited in Russia, and will introduce them to prominent international contemporary artists – an unprecedented and comprehensive selection of abstract art from the 1940’s to the present.

  A human being
is a unique being,
single and unrepeatable.
Work hard at fulfilling yourself.
With courage,
mark out in your life
irreversible red cross,
and keep going, erect,
along your marvelous path.
Learn to be alone
and keep yourself company.
Let your mind listen and absorb.
Let the most dazzling secret salt of the earth
penetrate you.
Demand intransigence, rigorous verticality.
Don't be afraid of facing the unknown,
and with violent desire
say YES to life.

Bettina Werner
Bettina Werner
In hoc signo vinces (You'll Win Under this Sign)
NO.3 panels 80 x 24 inches each © Bettina Werner 1993
Painting created with textured colorized salt technique invented by
Bettina Werner in the early 1980’s


Mary Abbott
Norman Bluhm
James Brooks
Cecily Brown
David Budd
Fritz Bultman
Karen Davie
Willem de Kooning
Todd Deluca
Richard Diebenkorn
Friedel Dzubas
Perle Fine
Louise Fishman
Sam Francis
Helen Frankenthaler
Ellen Gallagher
Michael Goldberg
Arshile Gorky
Adolph Gottlieb
Cleve Gray
Philip Guston
Mary Heilman
Hans Hofmann
Bill Jensen
Ellsworth Kelly
Franz Kline
Bettina Werner
Harry Kramer
Lee Krasner
Guillermo Kuitca
Norman Lewis
John Little
Michael Loew
Morris Louis
Brice Marden
Agnes Martin
Joan Mitchell
Robert Motherwell
Barnett Newman
Jedd Novatt
Jules Olitsky
Jackson Pollock
Larry Poons
Melville Price
David Reed
Milton Resnick
Robert Richenburg
Gerhard Richter
Jean-Paul Riopelle
Mark Rothko
David Smith
Pierre Soulages
Theodoros Stamos
Frank Stella
Clyfford Still
Mark Tobey
Cy Twombly
Esteban Vicente
Sue Williams
Christopher Wool


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