24 Sep 2016 – 2 Jan 2017
This large-scale survey exhibition examines the creative energy of an unparalleled period in American art.
Abstract Expressionism, the first great US art movement, sought to instil abstract painting with an emotional, expressive edge. It is often divided into two camps: the ‘action’ painters (Kline, de Kooning, Pollock et al); and the ‘colour field’ (Newman, Gorky, Rothko et al).
This is the most comprehensive survey to be mounted in the UK since 1959 and seeks to show the movement’s scope extended far beyond New York and numbered women as well as men, not least Helen Frankenthaler and Lee Krasner.