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About the Class
Track the emergence of abstract expressionism, the movement that propelled New York to overtake Paris as the postwar capital of the art world. Painters such as Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell gained international prominence in the 1950s for their choreographed paint drips and sweeping brushstrokes. Moving into the 1960s, a younger cohort of American artists would reject the idea of art as emotional expression. We will consider how Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among others, who favored crisp edges and ironic content, and found inspiration in popular culture, reacted to and expanded on the ideas of the abstract expressionists.
Stein is a writer and curator specializing in post-WWII American art. Her 2016 biography Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art won the Athenaeum Literary Award. As curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she organized the exhibitions I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin and The Figurative Fifties, New York School Figurative Expressionism.