Make sure you don’t miss the National Gallery’s festival of Abstract Expressionism, which showcases strong holdings of important works from trail blazers like Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.
Breaking away from accepted conventions in both technique and subject matter, the post-WWII, post-Surrealist artists that emerged in the 1940s, also known as ‘The New York School’, truly changed the course of contemporary painting and modern art.
This art movement has influenced Australia’s creative landscape. For instance – Former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam’s purchase of Blue Poles by Jackson Pollack for $1.3m was met with uproar in 1973. In retrospect, the purchase of the piece established the National Gallery of Australia, and is now regarded internationally as a master-piece of the post-war years, and perhaps the finest work by Jackson Pollock.
The exhibition runs until 20th January 2013 and there will be a talk on Tuesday 4th September: Women of Abstract Expressionism.