Abstract Expressionist New York – Preview

We are finally in New York for “the season.” Many challenges were bested to get here but it was worth the hurry to have the opportunity to preview this show which will open to members today and to the public on October 3rd at the Museum of Modern Art.

“Abstract Expressionist New York” covers a period in time and a group of artists that have been important to me on a personal level for several decades. I thought hard about how I wanted to approach the exhibit and the advantages I hoped for by showing up in person to look at paintings that were already quite familiar. Somewhere in the Midwest, Nebraska or Iowa, I realized that I wanted to get close, I wanted to get a sense of texture from these masterworks. Here is a selection of details from pieces on the fourth floor. The camera got close enough to garner throat clearing from several guards but no paintings were injured.

Philip Guston - Edge of Town - detail - 1969
Philip Guston, Edge of Town (detail), oil on canvas, 1969.

Jackson Pollock - White Light - detail - 1954
Jackson Pollock, White Light (detail), oil, enamel and aluminim paint on canvas, 1954.

Robert Motherwell - Pancho Villa, Dead and Alive - detail - 1943
Robert Motherwell, Pancho Villa, Dead and Alive (detail), cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, wood veneer, gouache, oil and ink on board, 1943.

Willem de Kooning - Woman, I - detail - 1950-1952
Willem de Kooning, Woman, I (detail), oil on canvas, 1954.

Arshile Gorky - Agony - detail - 1947
Arshile Gorky, Agony (detail), oil on canvas, 1947.

Lee Krasner - Untitled - detail - 1949
Lee Krasner, Untitled (detail), oil on composition board, 1949.

Ad Reinhardt - Number 43 (Abstract Painting, Yellow) - detail - 1947
Ad Reinhardt, Number 43 (Abstract Painting, Yellow) (detail), oil on canvas, 1947.

Willem de Kooning - Painting - detail - 1948
Willem de Kooning, Painting (detail), enamel and oil on canvas, 1948.

Philip Guston - Painting - detail - 1954
Philip Guston, Painting (detail), oil on canvas, 1954.

Mark Rothko - No. 5/No. 24 - detail - 1948
Mark Rothko, No. 5/No. 24 (detail), oil on canvas, 1948.

Jackson Pollock - Gothic - detail - 1944
Jackson Pollock, Gothic (detail), oil on canvas, 1944.

David Smith - Cubi X - detail - 1963
David Smith, Cubi X (detail), stainless steel, 1963.

Robert Motherwell - Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 108 - detail - 1965-67
Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 108 (detail), oil on canvas, 1965-67.

Abstract Expressionist New York
3 October – 25 April 2010

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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.

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  3. Juliane says:

    Yummy, and juicy and meaty. Thanks for these close ups. If I can’t see them in person, this is the next best thing.

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  6. pablo says:


    gorgeous detail compositions. the paintings speak.

    thank you.

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