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. 

 

 

 

 

 

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, I try to evoke universal images. There is a compelling irony as I create symbolic toys, which ask to be touched and manipulated, from glass, an extremely fragile material. I manipulate glass, recycle and integrate it with well-worn artifacts from the past, which are often perceived as useless in today's culture. This gives discarded items renewed purpose. As we interact tentatively with these objects they take us back to our most early memories while connecting us to other societies and eras.
Paula Mandel
Paula Mandel

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature…

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, I try to evoke universal images.…

My interest in glass and found objects has allowed me to re-immerse myself in the world of toys, this time with a more mature twist. As I refer to my most sacred toys, I try to evoke universal images. There is a compelling…

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.
Leila Cartier
Leila Cartier

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied…

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.…

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.…

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change. Most of her subject matter is architectural in nature however she lalso breaks down the various elements into abstract line and shape. Demcsak photographs places that have endured catastrophic storms and uses them in her paintings such as Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, and Maria.
Jessica Demcsak
Jessica Demcsak

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change.…

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change. Most of her subject matter is architectural in nature however she lalso breaks…

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change. Most of her subject matter is architectural in nature however she lalso breaks down the various…

Andrew Conti
Andrew Conti
Her acrylic paintings are included in museum and corporate collections such as the Biggs Museum of American Art, Fox Rothschild, and Brandywine Realty Company.
Barbara Straussberg
Barbara Straussberg

Her acrylic paintings are included in museum and corporate collections such as the Biggs Museum of American Art, Fox Rothschild,…

Her acrylic paintings are included in museum and corporate collections such as the Biggs Museum of American Art, Fox Rothschild, and Brandywine Realty Company.…

Her acrylic paintings are included in museum and corporate collections such as the Biggs Museum of American Art, Fox Rothschild, and Brandywine Realty Company.…

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