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FC: Abstract Expressionism Chuck Siler LIS 120-01 Final Project

1: "At a certain moment, the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena in which to act." Harold Rosenberg

2: A group of American artists gained various labels through their loose association and their artwork.

3: - The New York School - The Abstract Expressionists - Action Painters - The Irascibles

4: Actually, there are two distinctly different manners within Abstract Expressionism. Willem DeKooning's Woman is an example of Action Painting.

5: Mark Rothko's work is an example of the other manner: Color Field.

6: Many of the "action painters" considered the making of the art to be a significant element of the content. Some even believed the making was more important than the final work itself.

7: Their belief was that their paintings were an outward expression of their internal consciousness.

8: Color Field artists dealt with large canvases in an effort to confront the viewer and bring them into the painting.

9: All New York School artists were fascinated by myth. The color field artists sought to reenact/enact myths or transcend the viewer to another place through their paintings.

10: While the color field artists dealt with myths through color, the action painters tended to investigate myths through symbols. These might be symbols derived from African cultures, their own invention, or from their unconscious.

11: The only "commonality" of style among the Abstract Expressionists was how individualistic all of their styles were.

12: Some Noteworthy Abstract Expressionists | Jackson Pollock | Willem DeKooning

13: Lee Krasner | Mark Rothko | Barnett Newman

14: Hans Hofmann | Clyfford Still | Franz Kline

15: Philip Guston | Ad Reinhardt | Arshile Gorky

16: Helen Frankenthaler | Roberto Matta | Adolph Gottlieb

17: Morris Louis | Cy Twombly | Elaine DeKooning

18: References Arnason, H., Prather, M. (1998). History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc. Joselit, D. (2003). American Art Since 1945. New York: Thames & Hudson Ltd. All images taken from Yahoo Images at

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