Monday, December 9, 2013

Abstract Expressionism: Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Wassily Kandinsky

Abstract Expression isn't a favorite style for me. It arose to prominence in the 1940's in New York after World War II and topped in the early 1950's. It was also called action painting.

Jackson Pollack's work is well-known as well as Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. There are several other painters known for this style of work that made New York the art center of the western world replacing Paris as the most artsy place to be.

 Jackson Pollack,  Mark Rothko et al were pivotal in shaping the New York art world into the early 1950's. Color field painting emphasized the importance of color as a subject, some critics say Rothko was a color field painter. Personally, I don't care for Rothko's work either.

The American art historian Alfred Barr used the terminology abstract expressionism to describe the work of Wassily Kandinsky in 1929.  His work developed from a more impressionistic approach to an abstract one.  His color and forms are ones that I can relate to, and his work speaks to me as an artist. It is funny how taste has everything to do with what we like no matter the prevailing art movement of a period.

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