BUT....where do you start?
I am reminded of a friend who always reads the last pages of a novel first.....don’t ask me why....so I will plough on with list...I must admit getting to “stuckism” near the bottom is very motivating. Stuckism is definitely going to be my new saying for 2011....I just have to find out what it means.
Because I have so many ‘isms’ and such a short amount of time to get it done (I’m not kidding myself that I will have much time when I get back to work) I have worked out a loose sort of scaffold to work to:
1) 10 pieces of information (note: I am avoiding the word ‘fact’ here)
2) Prominent artists and their art
3) Creation of a timeline with all the ‘isms’ in place
Yippee! This is just like the projects I did in fourth grade – deep down I’m a primary school project sort of girl.
1) 10 pieces of information
• 1940’s and 1950’s – New York
• First ‘American’ art movement – called the “American Style”
• 2 types – a) action painting , b) colour field painting
• Term ‘abstract expressionism was first used by Alfred Barr in 1929 (or 1919?) for works by Wassily Kandinsky
• Robert Coates first used the term to apply to American Art in 1946
• Not so much a style as an attitude ie a revolt against conventions and a desire for spontaneous expression (how often do you think I am going to use this phrase over the next couple of weeks?)
• There were some conventions that could typify an ab ex painting though ie:
o Huge canvases
o Flatness of space
o Importance of process
o Individuality of artist is important
• New York came to be known as the centre of the art world after this movement (replacing Paris). Wow! Is this true?
• Indebted to the European Abstract painters who fled to New York during WWII – but probably most indebted to the surrealists.
• Suggestion of role in American cultural imperialism – ‘cocacolonisation’
Pollock , Krasner, de Kooning (willem and Elaine), Kline, Guston, Rothko, Gorky
Bourgeois, Still, Frankenthaler etc etc
A couple of interesting quotes attributed to artists:
Elaine de Kooning - "A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image."
Still - "It's intolerable to be stopped by a frame's edge."
would these ideas have been new in the 1940's? (time will tell)