American Art of Our Century

By Lloyd Goodrich; John I. H. Baur | Go to book overview
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22 free-form abstraction: painting
Mark Tobey. Universal Field. 1949. Tempera and pastel. 28 x 44.

Abstract expressionism, sometimes called action painting or the New York school, is the first American-born art movement to affect profoundly every part of the world where modern concepts of art exist, from Paris to Tokyo. It has altered even more profoundly the geography of our own art during the last fifteen years, both by the number of followers it has attracted and by the strong reactions against it which it has inevitably generated. As we have seen in preceding chapters, it has also created a new kind of figurative painting which incorporates some of its methods and attitudes. Few of our living artists have been unaffected by it in one way or another.

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