Convergence, Jackson Pollock (1952) via NYTimes
Up now at the Jewish Museum in New York City is “Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976”. The exhibition includes over 50 key works by 32 artists involved in the Abstract Expressionist movement, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Mark Rothko. A unique aspect of the show is how the work is shown through the perspectives of the two leading art critics of the time, Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg. The Abstract Expressionist artwork that fills the walls of the museum until September 21st is accompanied by texts and opinions, photographs, and film clips of the two prominent critics.
Action Figures: The fifties in paintings and words [The New Yorker]
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 [The Jewish Museum]
“Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976” [Timeout]
How famed critics Greenberg, Rosenberg impacted markets of De Kooning and Pollack [AO Newslinks 5.15.08]
Untitled, Jackson Pollock (1951) via NYTimes
Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg were both born in New York to Jewish immigrants, and throughout the span of their careers they became known as prominent rival art critics. The exhibition highlights essays written by each critic that were published in ARTnews, Partisan Review and other magazines.
Clockwise from top: Clement Greenberg, Willem de Kooning, and Harold Rosenberg via The New Yorker
The Jewish Museum explains, “Greenberg believed in abstraction and the formal purity of the art object while Rosenberg promoted action- the creative, physical act of making art.”
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art at the Jewish Museum via NYTimes
Woman, Willem de Kooning (1949-50) via NYTimes