a movement in experimental, nonrepresentational painting originating in the U.S. in the 1940s, with sources in earlier movements, and embracing many individual styles marked in common by freedom of technique, a preference for dramatically large canvases, and a desire to give spontaneous expression to the unconscious.
At the most fundamental level, abstract expressionism evokes existential angst for instance, and Pop Art satirizes consumerism.
The Big Idea: Why Forgeries Are Great Art Jonathon Keats April 24, 2013
abstract expressionism defined the artistic climate in which the photographs for The Americans were produced.
Robert Frank’s America Philip Gefter September 16, 2009
“Jasper and I used to start each day by having to move out from abstract expressionism,” Rauschenberg once said.
The Art of Gay Cool Brad Gooch February 6, 2009
Di Bello described the color-splashed works as “abstract expressionism” with “surrealist” methods.
The Tiniest Jackson Pollock Justin Jones November 4, 2014
a school of painting in New York in the 1940s that combined the spontaneity of expressionism with abstract forms in unpremeditated, apparently random, compositions See also action painting, tachisme
A school of art that flourished primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s, noted for its large-scale, nonrepresentational works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.
- Abstract language
noun vocabulary that signifies a concept, quality, or abstract idea Examples Examples of abstract language include love, success, freedom, good. Historical Examples Not by a surgical operation; much less by the use of a foreign language or—what is quite the same thing—of abstract language. Picture-Work Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey
- Abstract interpretation
abstract interpretation theory A partial execution of a program which gains information about its semantics (e.g. control structure, flow of information) without performing all the calculations. Abstract interpretation is typically used by compilers to analyse programs in order to decide whether certain optimisations or transformations are applicable. The objects manipulated by the program (typically values […]
- Abstract machine
abstract machine 1. A processor design which is not intended to be implemented as hardware, but which is the notional executor of a particular intermediate language (abstract machine language) used in a compiler or interpreter. An abstract machine has an instruction set, a register set and a model of memory. It may provide instructions which […]
- Abstract music
. Historical Examples As a piece of abstract music, the movement appears long, but not if the dramatic situation be kept well in mind. The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock This is the only one of the sonatas which, as abstract music, would be satisfactory without any programme. The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock