Abstract expressionism

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.
Contemporary Examples

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.


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