Xing is equally at ease with his abstract expressionist
art as with figurative landscapes and portraiture.
Motherwell, an American artist who was born in 1915 and died in 1991, was a leading exponent of the Abstract Expressionists
, known for their large-scale and sometimes gesteral paintings.
All of the abstract expressionists
tended to be womanizers and boozers--and I'm neither." Instead, he befriended Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly, who found him a neighboring studio on Coenties Slip, a stretch of waterfront near the Brooklyn Bridge.
John Updike's most recent novel, Seek My Face, is a fictionalised meditation on the gap between the grand intentions and the actual achievements of the American postwar Abstract Expressionists
. 'They all still spoke of painting in terms of self-exploration and an agonised authenticity that would revolutionise the world and whatnot,' says the main character, Hope, 'but the results were a little like company logos, everybody working on the scale of 19th-century academic art but each of them having come up with some eye-catching simplification.'
The former Stone Roses guitarist is showing off his work, which is inspired by abstract expressionists
, at London's ICA from February 14-16.
I also wonder why only work by the Jewish Abstract Expressionists
, Rothko and Newman primarily, could be read as Holocaust paintings.
* Abstract Expressionists
concentrated on the actions involved in creating artworks rather than trying to produce images that people could recognize.
This video, from the publisher's American Painter Series, features the life and work of De Kooning, other abstract expressionists
such as Pollock, Kline, and Gorky, and fellow members of the New York school of painting in the 1940s.
The exhibition consists of 100 prints by artists including Pollock, de Kooning, Kline, Motherwell, Rothko, Still and Newman, along with members of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists
like Helen Frankenthaler and Richard Diebenkorn.
From the sheet-wrapped Bohemiens of post-revolutionary Paris to the strategically furnished art studios of fin de siecle modernists to the boho-dancing abstract expressionists
of mid-century, the art world of the past 200 years has relied rather heavily on poses.
In his catalogue essay for the 1950 exhibition of Chaim Soutine's paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, Monroe Wheeler asked whether the artist "might be called an abstract expressionist
?" The question was in part rhetorical: There had to have been enough apparent similarity--what art historians like to call "affinity"--between Soutine and the Abstract Expressionists
to have made it seem natural to ask if he was a predecessor.
Dadaism subsequently subsumed a broad range of styles and media: Dadaists, Action painters, Abstract Expressionists
, Pop artists, and New Wave filmmakers all showed a passion for commenting on the underlying social relations and on the cynicism, ennui, and disillusionment inherent in the struggle to relate ourselves to a world of unparalleled and unchecked technological advance and information explosion and a social order still buried in barbarism and discord.
Schildkraut, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and his colleagues charted the turbulent psychological histories of 15 mid-20th-century abstract expressionists
of the New York School, only one of whom is still alive.
(Indeed, Landfield calls the "initial Color Field painters and Abstract Expressionists
" his "fathers and mothers.") Reined in by their rather self-contained, flattened gestures, these works lack a certain haptic appeal of the great Abstract Expressionist
canvases--their energy seems dimmed, like an incidental acknowledgment of a more aggressive past.
The American Abstract Expressionists
were breaking new ground in the 1940s.