About the Class
Abstract expressionism exploded on the New York scene in the early 1950s and became the first American art movement to gain international recognition. Originally told as the triumphant rise of a virile new approach led by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and other male artists, the story of abstract expressionism is actually more diverse and complex. So, what is abstract expressionism and who can we count among its practitioners? Get a nuanced understanding of this influential movement just in time for our spring exhibition, Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint.
Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Willem de Kooning. Queen of Hearts, 1943–46. Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. © 2020 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.