Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism The most important art movement since the Second World War Abstract Expressionism revolutionized the way Americans viewed art and culture alike Drawing on a vast array of scholarly research David An

  • Title: Abstract Expressionism
  • Author: David Anfam
  • ISBN: 9780500202432
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most important art movement since the Second World War, Abstract Expressionism revolutionized the way Americans viewed art and culture alike Drawing on a vast array of scholarly research, David Anfam examines the politically radical spirit of a nucleus of artists who transgressed the traditional forms of American art and faced the tensions of a modernizing society ThThe most important art movement since the Second World War, Abstract Expressionism revolutionized the way Americans viewed art and culture alike Drawing on a vast array of scholarly research, David Anfam examines the politically radical spirit of a nucleus of artists who transgressed the traditional forms of American art and faced the tensions of a modernizing society The author places the movement within a broad cultural background, while at the same time giving a close account of the visual art of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, as well as the photography of Aaron Siskind and the sculpture of David Smith 169 illus 28 in color

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    1. 169 illustrations, 28 in colour.A historical art book full of artists and paintings and how the movement started and develop, their message etc. Pollock was mentioned zillion times.They say illusion of depth (when you draw a 3D cube in a piece of paper) is really an illusion, tear down these illusions and draw Abstract (2D)!They also attack Surrealism and its illusions and Freudian "subconscious".Myth, Symbolism (this canvas that has only a big circle and a dot in the middle represent gravity an [...]

    2. This is the second overview I've read about the Abstract Expressionists. The first, a slim 80 page overview by Debra Bricker Balken, was meant to get my feet wet, acquaint me with the major artists in the movement, making more in-depth study easier down the line. Turns out, the opposite happened -- Balken's book implied enough prior knowledge that I found myself more lost than ever, as long, comparative lists of artists whose work I had never seen were trotted out to prove every point. Although [...]

    3. The human mind always develops a serious passion for two things – things that it couldn’t understand and things it couldn’t attain. Abstract art has been one such a passion of mine, one of those many things that I never understood, no matter how much I tried. Picking this book was one attempt of mine to grasp that art form called ‘Abstract Expressionism’. But little did I glean after having gone through this book.Abstract Expressionism, or Gestural Abstraction, as it is called in anoth [...]

    4. President's ForewordSponsor's StatementAcknowledgements--An Unending Equation, David Anfam--'A New Spirit of Freedom': Abstract Expressionism in Europe in the Aftermath of War, Jeremy Lewison--An Improvised Community, Carter Ratcliff--Feminism for the Most Masculine: How Two Women Launched an Art Market, Susan Davidson--Chronology, Edith Devaney with Christian WurstCatalogue Plates--Painting and Sculpture--Works on Paper and PhotographyLenders to the ExhibitionEndnotesSelect BibliographyPhotogra [...]

    5. This book was a gift to me from my boyfriend who is in love with the abstract expressionism movement and wanted to introduce me to the movement. This book is a great little book for anyone interested in American art, specifically for the abstract expressionist movement (as the book title implies). The information is digestible for those who are brand new to abstract expressionism. The image quality is also great!If there's any art history professors out there reading this, I strongly recommend t [...]

    6. When I took art history at college, I though this school of art was just so much b.s. But over time, it's grown on me. Not enough pictures to make it a great art book.

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