On View
May 19, 2008–Jul 27, 2008

This installation presented a collection of works selected from the holdings of Krannert Art Museum that were representative of and influenced by Abstract Expressionist artists.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, artists  living in New York produced a truly American mode of artistic expression amidst the influence of European modernist expatriates. Although they would be referred to as the  New York School, the artists would not  consider themselves a cohesive group. Working in diverse styles, Jackson Pollock,  Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and others  responded to the social tension brought on by the Great Depression and the end of World War II by turning inward.  The physical immediacy of their medium became increasingly important, as did the overall process of making art, particularly the expression of the artist’s ideas in the throes of creation.  Instead of depicting representational forms or constructing blatantly political images, they utilized highly abstracted forms and expanses of color to create a visceral experience for the viewer.

Curator: Kathryn Koca