Abstract Expressionism

Lee Krasner, Untitled, 1949, oil on composition board, 121.9 x 93.9 cm (MoMA) (photo: Matthew Mendoza, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Krasner severed the link between art and the everyday world, making important breakthroughs in abstraction.

Lee Krasner, Untitled

Mark Rothko, No. 16 (Red, Brown, and Black), 1958. Oil on canvas, 8' 10 5/8" x 9' 9 1/4" (The Museum of Modern Art)
Rothko wanted his paintings hung as low as possible, so the viewer could enter the painting.

Mark Rothko (at MoMA)

What happens when a painting is vandalized? See how conservators at Tate leapt into action to save a painting.

Restoring Rothko

Barnett B. Newman, Onement I, 1948 at MoMA
What separates Newman’s paintings from what a house painter paints?

Barnett Newman

Franz Kline detail from MoMA video
Abstract Expressionists are sometimes thought of as solitary figures—Kline wasn’t.

Franz Kline

Mark Rothko, No. 3/No. 13, 1949, oil on canvas (MoMA) - detail
If you’re not in tears, you may not understand this painting—at least according to the artist.

Mark Rothko, No. 3/No. 13

Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943, oil and water-based paint on linen, 242.9 x 603.9 cm (University of Iowa Museum of Art)
Pollock’s largest painting is a step on his road to action painting, but he wasn’t yet painting on the floor.

Jackson Pollock, Mural