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150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—When the Art World Came to New York: Abstract Expressionism

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:15 am

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956). Convergence, 1952. Oil on canvas, 93 1/2 x 155 inches (237.5 x 393.7 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1956. © 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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At the end of World War II, with its death, destruction, and the resulting knowledge that mankind now had the ability to destroy itself with atomic weapons, American artists felt that representational art could no longer adequately express the mood of the times. Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and the artists who would become known as the Abstract Expressionists looked inside themselves and into the distant past to create a new way of painting that shifted the center of the art world from Paris to New York.

About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule