Abstract Expressionism & Modern Criticism

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Abstract Expressionism & Modern Criticism 10/24/2013 ° Keywords: Abstract Expressionism- reactionary to the totalitarian art under Hitler, Stalin, etc. New York School Action Painting Color Field Painting Existentialism Cold War Carl Jung Clement Greenburg New Criticism Kitsch ° Victory at the End of WWII jumpstarted the American economy veterans coming home from the warfront able to go to college (G.I. Bill), have families, “Baby Boom” disposable income, consumer income economic spending ensured continued economic growth in the US jobs were plentiful and wages were higher people were embodying the American way of life by contributing to the American economy White Flight- many people moving away from urban areas into suburban areas stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and TV’s
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° Norman Rockwell, Saying Grace , 1951 the arms race because of the drop of the atomic bomb on Japan Soviet Union also starts working to produce a nuclear bomb Saturday Night Journal many people saw it feeling of nostalgia in Rockwell’s paintings sense of continuity with the past was reassuring and comforting for viewers good illustration of postwar culture epitomize American way of life populist notion that there is a shared national character and set of values of Americans woman and boy praying while two men and two teenage boys look at them in a way that isolates the prayers the woman and boys clothing are more old fashioned than the men and teenagers we as the viewer are placed at the table with one of the men looking at them and we are looking at the prayers with a investigative gaze Rockewell is able to separate modern and old in the same painting gives the painting a better sense of authenticity and believability ° Norman Rockwell, Walking to Church, 1953 walking rigidly straightforward
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