ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST NEW YORK
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Abstract Expressionism at The Museum of Modern Art is both a catalogue of highlights from MoMA’s renowned collection and a portrait of a pivotal era in the history of modern art. With 147 illustrations.
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More than sixty years have passed since the critic Robert Coates, writing in the New Yorker in 1946, first used the term “Abstract Expressionism” to describe the richly colored canvases of Hans Hofmann. Over the years the name has come to designate the paintings and sculptures of artists as different as Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner and David Smith.
Beginning in the 1940s, under the aegis of founding director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., works by these artists began to enter MoMA’s collection. Thanks to the sustained support of the curators, the trustees, and the artists themselves, these ambitious acquisitions continued throughout the second half of the last century and produced a collection of Abstract Expressionist art of unrivaled breadth and depth.
Drawn entirely from the Museum’s vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces.
Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture, marking the first time in the new Museum building’s history that a full floor has been devoted to a single theme. The exhibition continues on the floors below, where focused shows—Rock Paper Scissors on the second floor, and Ideas Not Theories on the third floor—reveal distinct facets of the movement as it developed in diverse mediums, adding to a historical overview of the era and giving a sense of its great depth and complexity. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication.
View the video of curator Ann Temkin talking about the exhibition.
Organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture
The exhibition is made possible by HyundaiCard Company.
Major support is provided by Donald B. Marron and The Dana Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, David Teiger, and Sally and Wynn Kramarsky.
Department of Painting & Sculpture
Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture
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