All About Abstract Expressionism

07/05/2018     News and Film

In the 1940s, a group of stylistically diverse but like-minded artists living in lower Manhattan captured the attention of the art world. Together these artists would come to be described as members of ‘The New York School,' and their bold style would become the first uniquely American art movement. Known as Abstract Expressionism, this movement marked the beginning of America 's influence as the center of the art world, particularly for the avant-garde. Though varied in their aesthetics and techniques, the Abstract Expressionists were united in their desire to shake off the yoke of past conventions and create art reflecting strong emotional and expressive content that conveyed their own individual experiences through the exploration of brush stroke, color and abstract form. They valued spontaneity, improvisation and innovation—often using inventive artistic methods and working on a grand scale. Abstract Expressionist artists can be broadly described as belonging to one of two groups.  The Action Painters, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, created works of overt physicality, their canvases replete with bold gestural strokes and pulsing energy.  The Color Field artists, like Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, filled their canvases with large swaths of flat color, allowing color itself to be their primary subject.Movement of the Week highlights important styles of art and the personalities who shaped them. The fine examples featured each week are a testament to Freeman 's experience and its expansive team of specialists. From Pop Art to OpArt and beyond, follow along with @freemansauction across Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Twitter for your weekly dose of fine art insight.#MOTW