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Aaron Siskind

Aaron Siskind  

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(1903–91).Photographer. His bold, graphic, nearly abstract images from the 1940s and 1950s rank as the most important photographic equivalents of abstract expressionism. Although he remained ...
Abraham Rattner

Abraham Rattner  

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(1895–1978).Painter and printmaker. Known for expressionist figural works and landscapes, he employed a modern vocabulary to address timeless themes of suffering, death, and spiritual joy. Born in ...
Abraham Walkowitz

Abraham Walkowitz  

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(1878–1965)American painter, born at Tyumen in Siberia. In 1889 his family emigrated to New York, where he studied at the National Academy of Design. He travelled in Europe in 1906–7, studying at the ...
abstract art

abstract art  

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A term which can generally be applied to any non-representational art (most decorative art, for example), but which is more specifically used, from the early 20th century onwards, to describe ...
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World Encyclopedia

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Mainly US art movement in which the creative process itself is examined and explored. It is neither wholly abstract nor

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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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Term applied to a movement in American painting that flourished in the 1940s and 1950s, sometimes referred to as the

Abstract Impressionism

Abstract Impressionism  

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A term coined by Elaine de Kooning to describe paintings that resemble certain late Impressionist pictures (notably those of Monet) in their brushwork but have no representative content: ‘Retaining ...
Abstract Sublime

Abstract Sublime  

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A term coined c.1960 by the American art historian Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006) to characterize the feelings of vastness and solitude suggested by certain Abstract Expressionist paintings, for ...
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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A description generally applied to aspects of modern American painting in the late 1940s and early 1950s which were concerned both with the various forms of abstraction and with psychic ... More
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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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The origins of the term are obscure, but it is used to describe the ethos shared by a group of

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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The dominant movement in American painting in the late 1940s and 1950s, characterized by a desire to convey powerful emotions through the sensuous qualities of paint, often on canvases of ... More
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Erika Doss

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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a dominant style of art in America from the end of World War II to the early 1960s.

Abstract Expressionism included the gestural painting of Jackson ...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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The art movement known as Abstract Expressionism was characterized by gestural and/or nonobjective paintings and direct-welded metal sculptures. Also known

Action Painting

Action Painting  

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A technique of painting in which paint is dribbled, splashed, and poured over the canvas. Its most famous exponent was the American painter Jackson Pollock (1912–56). The term was first used in 1952 ...
Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt  

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(b Buffalo, NY, 24 Dec. 1913; d New York, 30 Aug. 1967).American painter. From the beginning of his career his painting was abstract, but it changed radically in style over the years. During the ...
Adja Yunkers

Adja Yunkers  

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(b Riga, Latvia, 15 July 1900; d New York, 24 Dec 1983),painter and printmaker of Latvian birth. He enrolled in art school in Petrograd (now St Petersburg) and then ...
Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb  

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(b New York, 14 Mar. 1903; d East Hampton, Long Island, NY, 4 Mar. 1974).American painter, one of the leading Abstract Expressionists. His early work was Expressionist and in 1935 he was one of the ...
Afro

Afro  

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(1912–76)Italian painter and stage designer, brother of the sculptors Dino Basaldella and Mirko Basaldella (who like Afro preferred to be known simply by his first name; see Mirko). Afro was born in ...
Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin  

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(1912–2004)Canadian-born painter, printmaker, and writer on art who settled in the USA in 1932 and became an American citizen in 1950. She lived mainly in New Mexico, but part of her intermittent ...
Al Held

Al Held  

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(1928–2005).Painter and printmaker. Known for monumental abstract paintings, Brooklyn-born Alvin Jacob Held left school at sixteen and the next year enlisted for two years in the U.S. Navy. He then ...

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