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Abstract expressionism

Definition of the noun abstract expressionism

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noun

  1. a New York school of painting characterized by freely created abstractions; the first important school of American painting to develop independently of European styles

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noun

  1. An American genre of modern art that used improvised techniques to generate highly abstract forms

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"Abstract expressionism" is a book by Irving Sandler.

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Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris. Although the term "abstract expressionism" was first applied to American art in 1946 by the art critic Robert Coates, it had been first used in Germany in 1919 in the magazine Der Sturm, regarding German Expressionism. In the United States, Alfred Barr was the first to use this term in 1929 in relation to works by Wassily Kandinsky.

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Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011)

by Joan M. Marter

By then Abstract Expressionism had nonetheless transformed the fundamentals of painting and sculpture in the mid-20th century, and its influence in terms of style and aesthetics extended over a vast spectrum of subsequent art. [See also ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (2013)

by Richard Kostelanetz

Abstract Expressionism: Creators and Critics. New York: Abrams, 1990. Exhibition Catalogs: Arnason, H. H., ed. American Abstract Expressionists and imagists. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1961; Geldzahler, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

Terms and Definitions The style of New YorkSchool painting is most commonly designated abstract expressionism, a term that originated with New Yorker artcritic RobertCoatesin 1946. Although the style or look of a painting was less ...

Google previewThe Questions Dictionary of Art (2010)

by Rob Barnes

Abstract Expressionism is an art form of the 1940s and 1950s, in which | W artists made marks and allowed paint to flow Spontaneously, almost automatically. Some artists were concerned with brushmarks and paint effects, but others used the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Contemporary American Culture (2005)

by Robert Gregg, Gary W. McDonogh, Cindy H. Wong

abstract expressionism They therefore advocated access to safe and legal abortion regardless of a woman's race or class. Liberal feminists were the first to target abortion rights. At the organization's first national conference, the National ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Identity (2010)

by Ronald L. Jackson II

Abstract expressionism, on the other hand, which claimed no subject other than the reality of its flatness and the materiality of its paint, and whose allovergesturalmarkingsweregenerated, spontaneously and intuitively, from the depths of the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Art (2004)

by Ian Chilvers

Abstract Expressionism artists who produced abstract paintings at about the same early date as Kandinsky were the American Arthur *Dove and the Swiss Augusto Giacometti, cousin of Alberto *Giacometti. The individual pioneers were soon ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2007)

by Ann Lee Morgan

Abstract expressionism importantly in facilitating conversation, exchange of ideas , and camaraderie. Situated in the area where most of the artists worked, the Cedar Street Tavern on University Place between Eighth and Ninth Streets served ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2010)

by Michael Clarke

Abstract Expressionism A description generally applied to aspects of modern American painting in the late 1940s and early 1950s which were concerned both with the various forms of abstraction and with psychic self-expression. Abstract ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (2009)

by Ian Chilvers

Abstract Expressionism *Abstract Expressionism in the USA and its European equivalent *Art Informel made abstraction for a time (around 1960) virtually the dominant orthodoxy in Western art. Abstract art no longer seemed to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (2009)

by Ian Chilvers, John Glaves-Smith

HARD-EDGE Abstract Expressionism The dominant movement in American modern art, principally painting, in the late 1940s and the 1950s, characterized by large scale and *gestural handling. It was the first major development in American ...

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I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism. (Don DeLillo)
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