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When the Art World Came to New York: Focus on Abstract Expressionism

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 11:30 am–12:15 pm

Willem de Kooning (American, born The Netherlands, 1904–1997). Gotham News, 1955. Oil on canvas, 69 x 79 inches (175.3 x 200.7 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1955. © 2010 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

FREE as part of Founders' Week

Join Curator of Education Mariann Smith for a talk about Abstract Expressionist works in the Albright-Knox's Collection.

After World War II, the center of the art world moved from Paris to New York. Artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning felt that traditional forms of art were inadequate for expressing the unique mood of their time and place, so they challenged public taste and did something new. Only a few brave museums, including the Albright-Knox, collected their work at the time it was created.

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