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Abstract Expressionism: Art Era of the 50’s American Humanities 9/24/06
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During and after World War II, arose a new form of art which demonstrated creativity and vitality. Abstract Expressionism influenced the whole world. This art movement moved the center of the art world from Paris to New York. The art had emotional intensity and self expression from the artist, within it. All the artists had different perspectives and styles which involved careful planning. Abstract Expressionism art had an “all over” approach. Artists would use large canvases and use the whole thing. The entire canvas was important, even the edges. There was no main attraction in the center which would draw the attention of the viewer. The art was normally apolitical. The point of this abstract art was to develop an aesthetic beauty from the eye of the artist, not from the typical idea of beauty according to earlier forms of art. One well known Abstract Expressionist artist from before and during WWII was Arshile Gorky. Born in Khorkom, a small village in Armenia, Gorky had more of an influence from World War I and the Turkish genocide on the Armenians. When he was a boy, Gorky’s mother died in his arms after his father had left him and his family to go to
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