Don’t Hate, Appreciate: Abstract Expressionism and Why It’s Cool

Diverse, 2017, David Slovic

Love it or hate it, there is one thing about the Abstract Expressionism movement that remains a fact: It’s influential, has historical importance, and has come to re-define what it means to make art (woops, that was three things). 

First splattering across canvases in 1946, Abstract Expressionism began as an emotional response to a dark time of war. With artists like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and Helen Frankenthaler, the art world was invaded by splashes of color and jagged streaks of wanton line. In many ways, the movement acted as a rebellion against traditional means of making art, and has served to spark controversy and debate among art critics and in art schools from then to now. 

Pretty neat, right?

And what’s more, is that Abstract Expressionism is a style of art that is not tied down by any sort of conventional means. It colors outside the lines (pun intended), and each artist has their own, unique presence.

So let’s appreciate Abstract Expressionism for it’s attitude with this list of work that doesn’t play by the rules:

 

Corviale #1×3, 2014, oil on canvas, 48” x 72”

1.)  New Perspective

Standing at 48″ by 72″ inches, this large, colorful painting by Paul Fabozzi changes perspective at every angle. Good news: If you like his work, you can meet him for a discussion at Park Towne Place on Thursday, July 27th, from 6 – 8pm. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.) Good Vibes

This piece by Cathleen Hughes gives off a vibe of tranquility with it’s soft, pastel colors and textures. Not to mention, the splash of ink is a bold touch that attracts the eye and draws you in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 10″ x 10″

3.) Dive In

Whoa. This mixed media piece, Water, by Estelle Carraz-Bernabei captures the essence of it’s title and makes you feel like you can really dive in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rothko Heart Attack, 2005, ink, acrylic, latex paint, oil pastel and flashe on paper, 72” x 96”

4.) Captures Emotion

This piece by Rachel Bomze is an emotional tribute to American artist Mark Rothko with it’s frantic use of stokes and splashes, the “duller” colors capturing the weight and tragedy of the artist’s death. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither Here Nor There II, 2016, acrylic, gouache, ink on Strathmore cold press, 35” x 75”

5.) Here or There

This abstract piece by artist Rachel Citrino keeps your eye traveling across the page. 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Marcuse

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