Abstract Expressionism
Abstract Expressionism:
A New Art for a New World
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Take a close look at Man Looking at
Woman, by Adolph Gottlieb…
• What kinds of lines and shapes
does Gottlieb use in this work?
• What do these images make you
think of?
Adolph Gottlieb. Man Looking at Woman. 1949
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Let’s look at Untitled, by Lee Krasner
• What kinds of shapes and
patterns do you see in this work?
• How do you think Krasner made
this work?
Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949
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Let’s compare Gottlieb’s and
Krasner’s work
Adolph Gottlieb. Man Looking at Woman. 1949
Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949
• How are these paintings similar? How are they different?
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How are Gottlieb’s and Krasner’s
works similar to these forms of
writing? How are they different?
Common hieroglyphic forms, protected under a Creative Commons License ; Text from Hebrew Bible, image protected under Creative Commons by Shai
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Adolph Gottlieb. Man Looking at Woman. 1949
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Common hieroglyphic forms
Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949
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Text from Hebrew Bible
Let’s look at Clyfford Still’s 1944-N
No. 2
• What words would you use to
describe Still’s painting?
• What does this painting make
you think of?
• Why do you think Still might have
titled this painting 1944-N No. 2?
Clyfford Still, 1944-N No. 2. 1944
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Still rejected any figurative
interpretations of his work,
claiming to remove any
recognizable imagery in his work:
"I paint only myself, not nature.“
Do you agree or disagree? Why
or why not?
Clyfford Still, 1944-N No. 2. 1944
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Questions
Can artists ever completely shed tradition to create a new kind of art? Or
are artists always bound to the art that came before them?
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Clyfford Still, 1944-N No. 2. 1944
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Adolph Gottlieb. Man Looking at Woman. 1949
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Norman Lewis. City Night. 1949
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Barnett Newman. Broken Obelisk. 1963 – 69
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Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949
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