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Color as Field by Karen Wilkin
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Nov 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: art, non-fiction
Read in November, 2011

This is the catalog of a 2007 exhibit that was shown at the American Federation of the Arts in New York. These mid-century artists came later, for the most part, than the abstract expressionists of the 1950s. Karen Wilkin, the curator, gives a wonderful exposition and appreciation of this group.

Their reputation has suffered because they were championed by the hated critic Clement Greenberg. Greenberg called their work post-painterly abstraction in contrast with the painterly work of the abstract expressionist. Their work tends to be impersonal, color based, and focused on the qualities intrinsic to the medium. Wilkin notes that one of the beauties of these paintings is their lack of edges, suggesting infinity.

The artists represented in this exhibit and book are:

Walter Bannard
Jack Bush
Gene Davis
Ronald Davis
Friedel Dzubas
Sam Francis
Helen Frankenthaler
Sam Gilliam
Adolph Gottlieb
Hans Hofmann
Morris Louis
Robert Motherwell
Barnett Newman
Keneth Noland
Jules Olitski
Larry Poons
Mark Rothko
Frank Stella
Clyfford Still


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