Abstract Expressionism

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Frederick Terna by Stephen Westfall
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In 1943, at the age of twenty, Frederick Terna knew that if he survived the war he was going to be a painter. 

Lisa Immordino Vreeland by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“She wasn’t loved, so she didn’t know how to give love.”

Edward Clark by Jack Whitten
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Clark talks to his friend and fellow painter, Jack Whitten, about growing up in Louisiana, coming of age in Chicago, heady days in Paris, and living in New York City when the abstract expressionists ruled.

The Spiral and The Source: Jon Imber’s Recent Paintings by Alexander Nemser
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John Imber’s latest paintings capture the energy and vitality of the botanic cosmos.

Avant Garde Without Borders: Inventing Abstraction at MoMA by Kevin Kinsella
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Back-dated art works, Picasso’s frustration, and the transnational creation myths of Abstract art.

Joyce Pensato by Marcella Durand
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Joyce Pensato starts with the most iconic cartoon figures—Mickey, Minnie, Daffy, Krazy, Stan, and Homer—but her representations of them couldn’t be further from their usual plastic media.

Shirley Jaffe by Shirley Kaneda
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Shirley Jaffe’s distinctive and eccentric work is difficult to pin down, both in time and style. When I first came across her paintings at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York in 1988, I had an immediate response to their idiosyncratic quality. 

Louise Fishman by Archie Rand

In the late ’80s and early ’90s Louise Fishman began to deliver works whose icons were both hewed from paint and saturated by the very light from which they spoke.

Jasper Johns by Marjorie Welish
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Racing thoughts: Artist and poet Marjorie Welish speaks to the legendary painter on the eve of his Fall 1996 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Jack Whitten by Kenneth Goldsmith
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The New York Times dubbed painter Jack Whitten as “the father of new abstraction” in 1994. He speaks to Kenneth Goldsmith about his southern sensibility, the spirit of the ’60s, and the keys to artistic survival.

Hedda Sterne by Anney Bonney
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Hedda Sterne’s artistic career spans the 20th Century art history books. She first exhibited with the Surrealists in Paris and immigrated to America becoming an integral part of the Rothko, Pollock, Newman circle.

Jane Wilson by Mimi Thompson
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Wilson discusses her “weather” paintings with Mimi Thompson.

Predella of Difference by Michael Young
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Installation, Predella of Difference, in the studio of Michael Young.

Untitled, XXI by Willem de Kooning
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Oil on canvas painting, Untitled, XXI, 1986, by Willem de Kooning. This article is only available in print.

Brice Marden by Saul Ostrow
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Hailed by the New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl as “the most profound abstract painter of the past four decades,” Marden began his career under the tutelage of Robert Rauschenberg and went on to teach seminal artists Richard Serra and Chuck Close.

Joan Mitchell by Cora Cohen & Betsy Sussler
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Famed Abstract-Expressionist Joan Mitchell evades questions and ties the interview format into a knot, all the while offering hints at the unapologetic brilliance behind her craft.

Carl Apfelschnitt by Sarah Charlesworth
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Carl Apfelschnitt describes his hands-on, raw approach to abstract painting as the “expressionistic” work of a “primordial monster”. Sarah Charlesworth probes the artist about how he becomes “part of the paint.”

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