Contemporaneous Extension


AbEx: Not your greatest hits

I’ve been to the Abstract Expressionist show at MoMA abooooooout four times since it’s opened. In walking around most recently with my parents, who were going through a speed-round of museum viewing, I realized there are a few images that really move me in a way I hadn’t initially realized. There were certain works that really stood out emotionally for me..and the dedication is done!

 

Ad Reinhardt, Number 43 (Abstract Painting, Yellow) (detail), oil on canvas, 1947.

Ad Reinhardt, Number 43 (Abstract Painting, Yellow) (detail), oil on canvas, 1947.

Robert Motherwell, 'Personage with Yellow Ochre and White,' 1947. Oil on canvas, 6' x 54"

Robert Motherwell, 'Personage with Yellow Ochre and White,' 1947. Oil on canvas, 6' x 54"

Arshile Gorky, 'Diary of a Seducer,' 1945. Oil on canvas, 50 x 62"

Arshile Gorky, 'Diary of a Seducer,' 1945. Oil on canvas, 50 x 62"

Jackson Pollock, 'Echo: Number 25 1951,' 1951. Enamel paint on canvas, 7' 7 7/8" x 7' 2"

Jackson Pollock, 'Echo: Number 25 1951,' 1951. Enamel paint on canvas, 7' 7 7/8" x 7' 2"

Sam Francis, 'Big Red,' 1953. Oil on canvas, 10' x 6' 4 1/4"

Sam Francis, 'Big Red,' 1953. Oil on canvas, 10' x 6' 4 1/4"

Clyfford Still, '1944-N No. 2,' 1944. Oil on canvas. 104 1/4 x 87 1/4 in.

Clyfford Still, '1944-N No. 2,' 1944. Oil on canvas. 104 1/4 x 87 1/4 in.

Adolph Gottlieb, 'Blast I,' 1957, Oil on canvas, 7' 6" x 45 1/8"

Adolph Gottlieb, 'Blast I,' 1957, Oil on canvas, 7' 6" x 45 1/8"

Mark Rothko, 'Untitled,' c. 1951). Etching, plate: 6 15/16 x 4 7/8" (17.7 x 12.4 cm); sheet: 9 5/8 x 10" (24.5 x 25.4 cm)

Mark Rothko, 'Untitled,' c. 1951). Etching, plate: 6 15/16 x 4 7/8" (17.7 x 12.4 cm); sheet: 9 5/8 x 10" (24.5 x 25.4 cm)

Jackson Pollock, 'Untitled,' (c. 1938-41). Pencil and colored pencils on paper, 14 x 11"

Jackson Pollock, 'Untitled,' (c. 1938-41). Pencil and colored pencils on paper, 14 x 11"

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