Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Abstract Expressionist New York

  I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario today where I saw the New York abstractionist's exhibition. I couldn't take pictures inside of course but the video and the link will give you a good idea of the installment. From the AGO website:

For the first time ever, an unrivaled collection of Abstract Expressionist masterpieces is leaving New York City. This monumental show features the legendary artists who dripped, splattered, and painted in fields of incredible colour. As the political traumas of their time reverberated around them, they placed their massive canvasses on floors and walls, creating artwork that exploded into life with spectacular vision and changed the course of art history forever.
Drawn entirely from the Museum of Modern Art’s definitive collection, Abstract Expressionist New York features more than 100 key works from Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner and others. The exhibition celebrates the monumental achievements of a generation of artists who catapulted New York to the centre of the international art world in the 1950s and left as their legacy some of the 20th century’s greatest masterpieces.
  There were about 120 works and I liked most of them since I have an appreciation for modern art. Here is a photo which I took of the back of the art gallery (blue building) with the original gallery, the grange, in the foreground. The AGO building was designed by Frank Gehry who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. I also did an earlier post on the Frank restaurant which is in the building.

  If you turn 90 degrees to the right then you can see a strange white and black building hanging above another building. This is the top two floors of the Ontario College of Art and Design on which I commented in an earlier post.

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