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28 November 2018


Abstract Expressionism was a term that was first used by art critic Robert Coates. It became applied to a loose group of artists who were working mostly in New York together. Some of these artists came together in 1950 to protest against the MET ‘s exhibition ‘American Painting Today’. They felt as though the museum was not supporting modern and abstract art. They wrote a letter which was published in the New York Times, it was signed by Richard Pousette-Dart, Jackson Pollock, William De Kooning, Heather Stern and Louise Bourgeois, to name just a few. We are delighted to follow our current Pousette-Dart exhibition with ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois in 2019.

Many of the artists associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement knew each other well and socialised together. Some of these artists were then photographed together in the iconic ‘The Irascibles‘ image, taken by Nina Leen and published in Life magazine. It became an image used to represent the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Dr Jennifer Powell, Head of Collection and Programme at Kettle’s Yard gives a brief introduction to this American 1940s/50s art movement in our video below.