By David Anfam
This is the definitive book on abstract expressionism, with superb color plates of major works by the protagonists of the movement, as well as lesser-known figures, and essays by key scholars.
Featured artists include Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Mark Rothko, David Smith, Clyfford Still, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Tobey, Bradley Walker Tomlin, and Jack Tworkov.
Among the abundant archival materials are images of Hans Hofmann’s famous classes; artists in their studios; installation shots of some of the key international exhibitions of the era, and photos of famous locations where these artists thrashed out their aesthetic concerns, such as the Cedar Street Tavern. Also featuring a superb chronology of the period, this landmark publication is a thrilling survey of an incredibly energetic moment in American art.