abstract expressionism

Discipline: Art


An artistic movement whose title was first used by the American critic ROBERT MYRON COATES (1897-1973) in the New Yorker magazine to describe contemporary painting in New York.

Its roots lie in surrealism and automatism, from which it adopted and developed theories of improvisation, spontaneity and the importance of the process of artistic creation.

Stylistically, the painters included in this movement are not homogeneous; however, the 'drip paintings' of JACKSON POLLOCK (1912-1956) and the large monochromatic color HELD PAINTING canvases of MARK ROTHKO (1903-1970) represent just two approaches to the challenge of non-figurative, self-expressive painting.

I Sandier, Abstract Expressionism. The Triumph of American Painting (1973)

Also See:

· action painting
· imagism


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