Postwar American art

The New York School

Collage, copying, and color: the New York School was about more than just gestural abstraction.

1945 - 1980

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Helen Frankenthaler, <em>Mountains and Sea</em>
Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea

Frankenthaler doesn’t paint the landscape per se, but offers an intuitive response to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.

Frank Stella, <em>The Marriage of Reason and Squalor</em>
Frank Stella, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor

Though hand painted, this image’s regularity erased any sign of individuality or emotional investment in the work.

The Painting Techniques of Ad Reinhardt
The Painting Techniques of Ad Reinhardt

How does Reinhardt make his “black paintings” with no black at all?

Ad Reinhardt
Ad Reinhardt

Be patient! From the depths of Reinhardt’s black canvases, color and shapes emerge.

Jasper Johns, <em>White Flag</em>
Jasper Johns, White Flag

Layers of built-up wax obscure headlines and newspaper images in this painting composed of three canvases.

Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, <em>Useful Art #5: The Western Motel</em>
Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Useful Art #5: The Western Motel

This collaboratively-created work brings the darkly psychological space of Americana into the gallery.

Ad Reinhardt, <em>Abstract Painting</em>
Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting

Art on the edge of perception—Ad Reinhardt works with the biology of human sight and rewards close looking.

Robert Rauschenberg, <em>Bed</em>
Robert Rauschenberg, Bed

Rauschenberg includes a pillow and a quilt in this work—elements of a bed—but no one will use it for a nap.

Jasper Johns, <em>Flag</em>
Jasper Johns, Flag

Is this a painting, or is it a flag?

Helen Frankenthaler, <em>The Bay</em>
Helen Frankenthaler, The Bay

She was a pioneer of the “soak-stain method” of diluting acrylic paint and pouring it into unprimed canvas.

Robert Rauschenberg, <em>Canyon</em>
Robert Rauschenberg, Canyon

Clothing, paper, a paint tube, photographs, and a stuffed bald eagle—but it’s more than an accumulation of debris.

The Impact of Abstract Expressionism
The Impact of Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism, combined with Pop from Britain, were major influences on artists of the 1950s and 60s.

Selected Contributors | The New York School