15 Facts About Abstract expressionism


Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York City in the 1940s.

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Abstract expressionism has many stylistic similarities to the Russian artists of the early 20th century such as Wassily Kandinsky.

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Abstract expressionism arose during the war and began to be showcased during the early forties at galleries in New York such as The Art of This Century Gallery.

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Abstract expressionism supported Pollock's work on formalistic grounds as simply the best painting of its day and the culmination of an art tradition going back via Cubism and Cezanne to Monet, in which painting became ever-'purer' and more concentrated in what was 'essential' to it, the making of marks on a flat surface.

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Abstract expressionism's move away from easel painting and conventionality was a liberating signal to the artists of his era and to all that came after.

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Abstract expressionism emerged as a major art movement in New York City during the 1950s and thereafter several leading art galleries began to include the abstract expressionists in exhibitions and as regulars in their rosters.

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In practice, the term abstract expressionism is applied to any number of artists working in New York who had quite different styles, and even applied to work which is not especially abstract nor expressionist.

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Abstract expressionism began the first of these paintings, Woman I, in June 1950, repeatedly changing and painting out the image until January or February 1952, when the painting was abandoned unfinished.

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Abstract expressionism may have finished work on Woman I by the end of June, or possibly as late as November 1952, and probably the other three women pictures were concluded at much the same time.

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Abstract expressionism's paintings straddled both camps within the abstract expressionist rubric, Action painting and Color Field painting.

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Abstract expressionism is one of the originators of the Color Field movement that emerged in the late 1950s.

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Abstract expressionism was renowned not only as an artist but as a teacher of art, both in his native Germany and later in the US.

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Abstract expressionism invited them up to New York in 1953, I think it was, to Helen's studio to see a painting that she had just done called Mountains and Sea, a very, very beautiful painting, which was in a sense, out of Pollock and out of Gorky.

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Abstract expressionism preceded Tachisme, Color Field painting, Lyrical Abstraction, Fluxus, Pop Art, Minimalism, Postminimalism, Neo-expressionism, and the other movements of the sixties and seventies and it influenced all those later movements that evolved.

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Movements which were direct responses to, and rebellions against abstract expressionism began with Hard-edge painting and Pop artists, notably Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein who achieved prominence in the US, accompanied by Richard Hamilton in Britain.

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