Harvard University,  FAS
Spring 1998

History of Art and Architecture 179z

Abstract Expressionism

Harry Cooper


Catalog Number: 9307
Half course (spring term).
M., W., (F.), at 10.
EXAM GROUP: 3

The years just after World War II brought a remarkable flowering of American art known as Abstract Expressionism or the New York School. The emphasis will be on the diverse paintings of Gorky, Pollock, De Kooning, Rothko, Kline, and Newman, with some attention to many other figures. Artistic and intellectual background, artists’ statements, and critical reception will inform close study of the art and its meanings. The main concern will be formal development, but issues of cultural politics, racial and sexual bias, and group cohesion will also be considered.


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