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The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945

The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945

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The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945

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Exhibition Catalog

Daniel Zamani et al. Museum Barberini, Potsdam, 2022. Organized in association with Albertina modern, Vienna. Published by Prestel Verlag, Munich.

256 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 31 x 25 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783791379487

This book also documents the exhibition titled, Ways of Freedom: Pollock, Rothko, Mitchell, at the Albertina modern in late 2022. Publisher's description: This book gives new insights into the flowering of radical abstraction after 1945, focusing on the creative interplay between painters in the wider orbit of Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel. Following World War II, Western painting went in completely new directions. A young generation of artists turned their backs on the dominant styles of the interwar period: Instead of figurative representation or geometric abstraction, painters in the orbit of Abstract Expressionism in the US and Art Informel in Western Europe pursued a radically impulsive approach to form, color, and material. As an expression of individual freedom, the spontaneous artistic gesture gained symbolic significance. Large-scale color-field compositions created a meditative space for ruminating the fundamental questions of human existence. The exhibition and catalogue examine the two sister movements against the background of a vibrant transatlantic exchange, from the 1940s through to the end of the Cold War. The lavishly illustrated volume brings together works by more than 50 artists, amongst them Alberto Burri, Jean Dubuffet, Helen Frankenthaler, K.O.Götz, Franz Kline, Lee Krasner, Georges Mathieu, Joan Mitchell, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Judit Reigl, Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne, Clyfford Still, and Jack Tworkov.

Subject Headings: International ; Western Art -- Post-1945 -- Painting --

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