Understanding Abstract Expressionism
and the work of Jackson Pollock.
The stylistic experiments of Abstract Expressionism
had their origins half a century earlier in Cubism; and Cubism either did or did not have roots in Africa.
Photographs by Aaron Siskind, Barbara Morgan, and others inscribed their imagery in the ledger of Abstract Expressionism
, adding texture to the spirit of a movement whose existential aspirations are now bracketed by historical shifts of every kind.
The essays make insightful connections between Abstract Expressionism
and the music and literature from the same post-World War II era.
The paintings and monoprints of Gomez show an abstract expressionism
which suggests figures with ethereal qualities.
Teaching in New York in the 1930s, Hofmann introduced a synthesis of European abstract expressionism
to thousands of American artists such as Ray Eames, Red Grooms, Wolf Kahn, Lee Krasner, Marisol and Louise Nevelson.
An art historian who knew many of the leading figures of Abstract Expressionism
, Sandler offers new insights into this once avant garde movement.
Tightly aligned on the surface of the canvas, each reflects light, giving the shimmering surface of Abstract Expressionism
a whole new meaning.
One section summarizes sixty-one significant art movement--from Abstract Expressionism
is a mixture of opposite kinds of artistic thinking--or "isms.
Diverse sources such as Impressionism, Pointillism, Precisionism, Abstract Expressionism
, and Asian art have inspired Jacquette's paintings and works on paper.
The Portland-based artist developed his fondness for the human figure against the backdrop of New York Abstract Expressionism
, a contrast of influences evident in this collection.
If the black paintings of Rothko belong to the sacred spaces of Baroque melancholy, then the black paintings of Frank Stella confront the promise of utopian abstraction and the grand subjectivity of Abstract Expressionism
with deadpan means and a mournful thematics of downbeat urbanism and historical foreboding.
His career began when he worked for the Federal Art Projects in 1935, and during the '40s he continued in a figurative Expressionist tradition, soundly rejecting Abstract Expressionism
and painting social themes with a sharp, cynical vision.
Some time ago, an art critic for the New York Times proclaimed that Abstract Expressionism