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Description - Abstract Expressionism by David Anfam

In 1946 the art critic Robert Coates, writing in the New Yorker, first used the term 'Abstract Expressionism'. The two words combine the emotional intensity of the German Expressionists with the anti-figurative aesthetic of the European Abstract schools. Although they were being painted by then little-known artists working in low-rent studio space, works of Abstract Expressionist art now dominate the walls of major museums. The last major collective Abstract Expressionism exhibition to have taken place in the UK occurred in 1959. This important publication, and the exhibition it accompanies, seek to redress the balance and re-evaluate the movement, recognising its complex and fluid reality, and branching further into multimedia. As such, this book encompasses sculptors such as David Smith and photographers such as Aaron Siskind as well as some of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still. AUTHOR: David Anfam is the author of the now-standard textbook Abstract Expressionism (1990). Susan Davidson is Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, at the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Edith Devaney is Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Royal Academy of Arts. Jeremy Lewison is former Director of Collections at Tate. Carter Ratcliff wrote Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art (1996). Christian Wurst was researcher on The Catalogue Raisonne of the Drawings of Jasper Johns (forthcoming). SELLING POINTS: Accompanies the first major exhibition of Abstract Expressionism in the UK since 1959 Works of Abstract Expressionist art dominate the walls of major museums around the world Features an impressive range of experts who discuss some of the signature paintings of the movement 300 colour

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781910350300
ISBN-10: 1910350303
Format: Hardback
(300mm x 280mm x 0mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Royal Academy of Arts
Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Anfam

David Anfam is author of the now-standard 1990 textbook Abstract Expressionism. Susan Davidson is a senior curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Jeremy Lewison is former director of collections at Tate. Carter Ratcliff is an art critic, writer, and poet, and the author of numerous books on art.

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