In 1946 the art critic Robert Coates, writing in the New Yorker, first used the term 'Abstract Expressionism'.
The two words combine the emotional intensity of the German Expressionists with the anti-figurative aesthetic of the European Abstract schools. Although they were being painted by then little-known artists working in low-rent studio space, works of Abstract Expressionist art now dominate the walls of major museums. This important publication re-evaluates the movement, recognising its complex and fluid reality, and branching further into multimedia. As such, this book encompasses sculptors such as David Smith and photographers such as Aaron Siskind as well as some of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky and Clyfford Still.
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David Anfam is a writer, curator and leading authority on modern American art. He is the Senior Consulting Curator at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver and the Director of its Research Center. Susan Davidson is Senior Curator, Collections & Exhibitions, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim i nNew York, and is also a Trustee of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Edith Devaney is Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Jeremy Lewison began his career in the art world in 1977 as Curator of Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge. In 1983 he joined the Tate Gallery, London, as an Assistant Keeper in the Modern Collection, rising to the position of Director of Collections in 1998. Carter Ratcliff (1941) is an American art critic, writer and poet. In 1976 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in fine arts research. Ratcliff has contributed to numerous magazines including Art in America and Parkett. Christian Wurst is Curatorial Assistant to the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Blanton Museum of Art.
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