4Oct2016 Contextual Studies Abstract Expressionism 

  • (1943-1965)

Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York after World War II –RA .LONDON .

In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, artists broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting.

Often monumental in scale, their works are at times intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. At others they are more contemplative, presenting large fields of colour that border on the sublime. These radical creations redefined the nature of painting, and were intended not simply to be admired from a distance but as two-way encounters between artist and viewer.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism)

  • Abstract expressionist:

Jackson Pollock

who is famous for his mural-sized action paintings.

He was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety; he was a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life.Pollock observed American Indian sandpainting demonstrations in the 1940s. Referring to his style of painting on the floor, Pollock stated, “I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk round it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. This is akin to the methods of the Indian sand painters of the West.”Other influences on his drip technique include the Mexican muralists and Surrealist automatism. Pollock denied reliance on “the accident”; he usually had an idea of how he wanted a particular piece to appear. His technique combined the movement of his body, over which he had control, the viscous flow of paint, the force of gravity, and the absorption of paint into the canvas. No._5,_1948.jpgNo.5(1948)

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock)

Franz Kline 

He was an American painter born in Pennsylvania. He is mainly associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Kline, along with other action painters , as well as local poets, dancers, and musicians came to be known as the informal group, the New York School. Although he explored the same innovations to painting as the other artists in this group, Kline’s work is distinct in itself and has been revered since the 1950s.Kline_no2.jpgNo.2(1954)

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kline)

Mark Rothko 

Barnett Newman 

  • MY REFLECTIONS

Abstract Expressionism was built on a conflict between chaos and control. 

This is my abstract painting. I drew this with no looking. The black lines which I draw out are look like a fish(1713424.jpg)with a bubble .And the bubble is also looks like a mushroom. 

This art style most depend on the imagination I think.

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