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Abstract Expressionism

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14 videos
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Action painting, drip painting, luminous fields of color so large that they envelop the viewer while exposing the process of their creation. Abstract Expressionism is not a single style and isn't even consistently abstract. Rather, it is intensely personal painting often on a very large scale that is more concerned with exposing the act of creative invention than in traditions of representation.

Newman's Onement I, 1948

VIDEO 4:53 minutes
Barnett Newman, Onement I, 1948, oil on canvas ,27 1/4 x 16 1/4" (69.2 x 41.2 cm), The Museum of Modern Art Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker, Dr. Beth Harris http://smarthistory.org/barnett-newman.html

Barnett Newman

VIDEO 4:32 minutes
Set aside the everyday and enter the profound, even spiritual space of Barnett Newman's paintings. To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting.

The Painting Techniques of Barnett Newman

VIDEO 3:50 minutes
Learn Barnett Newman's techniques and how he reinvented the traditional figure-ground relationship. To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting.

Mark Rothko's No. 3/No. 13, 1949

VIDEO 5:12 minutes
Mark Rothko, No. 3/No. 13, 1949, oil on canvas (MoMA) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker

Mark Rothko

VIDEO 5:37 minutes
Explore the power of abstraction through Mark Rothko's luminous and introspective paintings. To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting.

The Painting Techniques of Mark Rothko

VIDEO 3:33 minutes
Explore the complex veils of color that form Mark Rothko's abstract paintings. To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting.

Why is that important? Looking at Jackson Pollock

VIDEO 12:18 minutes
Why is that Important?: Looking at Jackson Pollock A conversation with Sal Khan, Steven Zucker and Beth Harris

Jackson Pollock

VIDEO 5:14 minutes
To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting or enroll in the online course Modern and Contemporary Art: 1945-1989.

Paint Application Studies of Jackson Pollock's Mural

VIDEO 1:59 minutes
Scientists from the Getty Conservation Institute attempt to recreate the method and materials used by Jackson Pollock to create his monumental painting, Mural. Love art? Follow us on Google+

The Painting Techniques of Jackson Pollock

VIDEO 4:02 minutes
Learn about the drip-style painting techniques of one of America's most iconic and influential painters. To learn more and create your own works, take our online course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting.

Conservation | Pollock, "One: Number 31, 1950"

VIDEO 2:48 minutes
You can experiment with Pollock's famous painting technique and those of other Abstract Expressionist artists by enrolling in our online course: Materials and Techniques of Postwar Painting.

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 57

VIDEO 4:01 minutes
Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 57, 1957-60, oil on canvas, 84 x 109-1/8 inches (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Franz Kline

VIDEO 3:11 minutes
To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting or learn more about the art of this time in the online history course Modern and Contemporary Art: 1945-1989.

The Painting Techniques of Franz Kline

VIDEO 3:55 minutes
Learn how Franz Kline turned small sketches done on the pages of a phone book into large, gestural abstractions. To experiment on your own, take our online studio course Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painting.

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