Abstract Expressionism is associated with the energy and vibrancy of 1940s New York, when artists injected a new sense of confidence in their painting, experimenting with improvisation, spontaneity and colour. This illustrated talk considers the Royal Academy exhibition, which features the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Willem de Kooning, as well as other less well-known but critically influential artists. In revealing the extraordinary breadth of their work, the show will argue that, far from being unified, Abstract Expressionism was an ever-changing and complex development in 20th century art.
Please note: This event does not include Exhibition tickets. These can be purchased directly from the Royal Academy, £16 with National Art Pass or free for RA Friends.
Image: Clyfford Still,PH-950, 1950, Oil on canvas. 233.7 x 177.8 cm. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver © City and County of Denver / DACS 2016 Photo: Courtesy of the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO © City and County of Denver.