"Abstract Expressionism is a term applied to a movement in American painting that flourished in New York City after World War II, sometimes referred to as the New York School or, more narrowly, as action painting. The varied work produced by the Abstract Expressionists resists definition as a cohesive style; instead, these artists shared an interest in using abstraction to convey strong emotional or expressive content. These artists moved away from European traditions of painting to create a distinctly American kind of art, which both acknowledged and challenged the domination of early 20th century giants such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vasily Kandinsky.
Abstract Expressionism is best known for large-scale paintings that break away from traditional processes, often taking the canvas off of the easel and using unconventional materials such as house paint. While Abstract Expressionism is often considered for its advancements in painting, its ideas had deep resonance in many media, including drawing and sculpture."
- Mark Rothko - Seagram Murals - National Gallery of Art (once on the page watch the video, which is linked on the right)
- Female Abstract Expressionist Painters
IF THE SUBJECT IS NON-OBJECTIVE, DOES THE WORK HAVE CONTENT?
.......UM.....YES!!!! BUT, IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONTENT. DISCUSS.
IF THE SUBJECT IS NON-OBJECTIVE, DOES COLOR THEORY EVEN MATTER?
OK, SO LET'S TALK MORE ABOUT COLOR CHOICE:
- GO TO THE COLOR PAGE FOR MORE about color theory (all the stuff you should already know and then some)
- SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST refers to the manner in which the colors of two different objects affect each other. The effect is more noticeable when shared between objects of complementary color.
- Color is Relative (site with jazzy little instructional video)
- How to choose colors with Simultaneous Contrast in Mind - "All of this suggests that color is not specific or fixed. Rather, color is relative and dependent upon adjacent or other environmental colors, especially when the color is desaturated. This is why colors appear to be different in different situations."
- More explanantions about simultaneous contrast with practice assignments
This video below illustrates the concept of simultaneous contrast. The colored square in the center is the same yellow but appears different because of its surrounding color.
- LOCAL COLOR - the natural color of an object in ordinary daylight, uninfluenced by the proximity of other colors.
- OPTICAL COLOR - the way a color appears, depending on the proximal colors and specific lighting situation.
- ARBITRARY COLOR - color selected by the artist based on personal, emotional, or symbolic preferences and content of the work.