Abstract_Expressionism

Abstract_Expressionism - 4/25/2011 ART HISTORY 173 April...

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4/25/2011 1 ART HISTORY 173 April 26, 2011 The Early Cold War in the United States: Abstract Expressionism and Post-Painterly Abstraction Abstract Expressionism “The New York School” Paint rapidly applied to huge canvases in an effort to show artists’ feelings and emotions, painting gesturally, non- geometrically, sometimes applying paint with large brushes, sometimes dripping or even throwing it onto canvas. • Reflects anxiety about Cold War existence • Total abstraction allows for full expression • More about the artist than the art • A return to Rubenist-like art • Two types c “Gestural Abstraction” c “Chromatic Abstraction”
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4/25/2011 2 “Action Painting” Harold Rosenburg c The canvas is “an arena in which to act—rather than as a space in which to reproduce, re-design, analyze, or ‘express’ an object actual or imagined.” c Act of creation inseparable from artist and his biography c A complete erasure of the object c Technique opened mind and body to infinite possibilities
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course ART HIST 173 taught by Professor Klaun during the Spring '11 term at SUNY Geneseo.

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