Event on the Edge: Abstract Expressionist New York, MoMA

Hans Hoffman. Cathedral. Oil on canvas. 1959

At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) there is an awesome, must-see exhibit entitled “Abstract Expressionist New York”. The work comes from the Museum’s vast holdings and details the achievements of the generation that propelled New York City to become the epicenter of the art world from the 1940s through 1960s. Using shape, line, color, and form to express everyday objects and people, the work displays feelings, spiritual processes, and transformation. Now revered as the template for Modern Art, the work in this school of work has become the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces and creating art legends such as De Kooning, Rothko, Gottlieb, Nevelson, and Pollock to name a few.

The work on the fourth floor gallery Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture. 

William De Kooning.Woman 1. Oil on canvas. 1950-52
Mark Rothko. Untitled. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas. 1969-70
Franz Kline. Painting Number 2. Oil on canvas. 1954
Louise Nevelson. Sky Cathedral. Painted wood. 1958
Robert Motherwell. Pancho Villa Dead and Gone. Cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, wood veneer, gouache, oil, and ink on board. 1943
Adolph Gottlieb. Man Looking at Woman. Oil on canvas. 1949
William de Kooning. Painting. Enamel and oil on canvas. 1948
Adolph Gottlieb. Descending Arrow. Oil on canvas. 1956
Robert Motherwell. The Voyage. Oil and tempera on paper mounted on composition board. 1949
Adolph Gottlieb.Flotsam at Noon (Imaginary Landscape). 1952
Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. Oil and enamel paint on canvas. 1950
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One thought on “Event on the Edge: Abstract Expressionist New York, MoMA

  1. Great collection of work @MoMA. I am especially intrigued by Adolph Gottlieb "Man Looking at Woman" Oil on canvas, 1949. As reminiscent of a board game, it makes you start examining a "woman" at the bottom right of the canvas. Next it depicts an upside down heart (may symbolize her past?), and then an eye. Now he's using the senses to physically look at her. After that, to me, he's wandering around aimlessly showcasing shapes and lines and abstract designs in no specific order. I would like to find out what some of these symbols/images mean. It seems like he's saying that a woman could be complicated, confusing, and intriguing all at once. Had to take a number of second looks at this one. Thanks Miss Hylton, Hope you were captured by this one as much as I was. Congratulations

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