Chapter 21 Post-War to Post-Modern

  • New York superseded Paris as the focal point for Art after 194
  • The exodus of intellectuals and artists from persecution in mainland Europe before the war led to the decline of Europe as the focus for Art
  • Abstract Art had been strong in the USA in the early decade of the 20th century – artists there were usually loners
  • The New York artist such as Pollack, Rothko and de Kooning etc painted in an uncontrolled and haphazard way while some were austere and self-restrained
  • It was the critics who gave them the title of Abstract Expressionist not the artists themselves, they had no manifesto
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