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In the era of free jazz and the Beat Generation, artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting.



Often monumental in scale, their works are at times intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. At others they are more contemplative, presenting large fields of intense colour that border on the sublime. These radical creations redefined the nature of painting, and were intended not simply to be admired from a distance but as two-way encounters between artist and viewer.



It was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, second only to Cubism in its seismic effect on all that came after it. Yet, remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959.



This autumn we bring together some of the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith and Gorky as their works dominate our galleries with their scale and vitality.



We will also place a well-deserved spotlight on lesser known figures – amongst them some of the talented women artists who struggled for acceptance within the movement in its heyday. Finally, we will include photography and sculpture to complete an ambitious re-evaluation of the phenomenon that turned New York into the world capital of art.



Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London with the collaboration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.



Join in with the hashtag #AbEx on Twitter and Instagram

Selection of further exhibitions in: United kingdom

26.06.2019 - 29.09.2019
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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02.01.2019 - 30.11.2019
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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18.04.2018 - 27.10.2019
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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24.09.2019 - 23.02.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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10.11.2018 - 31.03.2020
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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23.07.2019 - 10.11.2019
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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26.11.2019 - 26.04.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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08.10.2019 - 30.06.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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08.10.2019 - 05.01.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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16.10.2019 - 02.11.2019
Sweet 'Art
30 Prescott St
London

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29.06.2019 - 12.01.2020










Browse our Abstract Expressionism range Royal Academy of Arts Main address: Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House W1J 0BD London, United kingdom Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House W1J 0BD London, United kingdom In the era of free jazz and the Beat Generation, artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting.



Often monumental in scale, their works are at times intense, spontaneous and deeply expressive. At others they are more contemplative, presenting large fields of intense colour that border on the sublime. These radical creations redefined the nature of painting, and were intended not simply to be admired from a distance but as two-way encounters between artist and viewer.



It was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, second only to Cubism in its seismic effect on all that came after it. Yet, remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959.



This autumn we bring together some of the most celebrated art of the past century, offering the chance to experience the powerful collective impact of Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith and Gorky as their works dominate our galleries with their scale and vitality.



We will also place a well-deserved spotlight on lesser known figures – amongst them some of the talented women artists who struggled for acceptance within the movement in its heyday. Finally, we will include photography and sculpture to complete an ambitious re-evaluation of the phenomenon that turned New York into the world capital of art.



Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London with the collaboration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.



Join in with the hashtag #AbEx on Twitter and Instagram
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