Immediate Abstraction: Helen Frankenthaler and the Color Field

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Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) became one of the major artists of the abstract expressionist movement. Her pathway toward her abstract art began with an early Cubist style of work. As the works of other abstract artists became more widely known, they also … Continue reading

Franz Kline and the Land of Coal, Ice, and Steel

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Abstract Expressionist paintings can be deceiving. Many in the general public only see a few lines on a canvas and then assume that producing non-representational art can’t be all that hard. Franz Kline’s work is often included in discussions of … Continue reading

Great Art Is Never Extreme: Robert Motherwell

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Robert Motherwell might very well be the most intelligent, educated, and thoughtful artist to emerge from the Abstract Expressionism movement. That’s a bold claim, as the whole genre is populated with towering intellects. Abstract Expressionism requires penetrating thought to accompany … Continue reading

Edvard Munch: Explorations in Color

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Edvard Munch was born and trained in Norway. He initially went to school to be an engineer, but he dropped out after the first year and enrolled at the Royal School of Art and Design of Christiania, Norway. His talent … Continue reading

Clyfford Still’s Abstract Journey

In the 1930s and 1940s, new forms of abstract art were taking root with many artists. In particular, Abstract Expressionism grew out of the intellectual interest of surrealism in subconscious or spontaneous creative impulse. In the first wave of artists belonging … Continue reading

Abstract to Abstract

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presently has an exhibition titled “Four Abstract Classicists.” The show consists of works from LACMA’s own collection, focusing on works by Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, and John McLaughlin. These artists worked … Continue reading