The four artworks in this gallery span 1943 to 1947. They represent the beginning moments of Abstract Expressionism, a term coined by the New Yorker art critic Robert M. Coates in a 1946 review of the work of Hans Hofmann: “[Hofmann] is certainly one of the most uncompromising representatives of what some people call the spatter-and-daub school of painting and I, more politely, have christened abstract Expressionism.”
Abstract Expressionism came to refer to a disparate group of artists working in New York after World War II. Although their stylistic approaches varied greatly, they were united by a belief in abstract art’s potential to communicate profound human values, stories, and emotions.
Organized by Lydia Mullin, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.