Abstract Expressionism

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Abstract Expressionism is making its comeback within the art world. Coined as an artist movement in the 1940’s and 1950’s, at the New York School, American Abstract Expressionist began to express many ideas relevant to humanity and the world around human civilization. However, the subject matters, contributing to artists, were not meant to represent the ever-changing world around them. Rather, how the world around them affected the artist themselves. The works swayed by such worldly influences, become an important article within the artists’ pieces. Subjectively, looking inward to express the artist psyche, artists within the Abstract Expressionism movement became a part of their paintings. Making the paintings more of a representation …show more content…
In comparison to the Modern Artist Barnett Newman, Mark Grotjahn’s paintings have similar formal decisions to His predecessor. In Mark Grotjahn’s works, the outward appearance of his butterfly pieces might resemble similar formal concepts from Barnet Newman’s paintings. A likeness, present within Grotjahn and Newman’s paintings, is the vertical line bisecting the canvas. Which Barnett Newman coins this aesthetic a “zip”, or the use of a single vertical band . However, the semblance between the two artists stops there. As Barnett Newman’s initial influences within his paintings such as, Onement, 1 1948 (Fig. 1), derive from his religious backgrounds of Judaism and the ancient text of the Kabbalah , Grotjahn’s inspirations are completely different. The true meaning behind Grotjahn’s paintings is inspired by nature
Using natural phenomenon as a starting point for abstraction, Mark Grotjahn’s paintings straddle the polarities of artifice and nature. His painting, Lavender Butterfly Jacaranda over Green (Fig. 2), expresses his fascination with nature. Transferring the experience of observation to an intrigue of creative possibility, Grotjahn harnesses the mysticism of nature through aesthetic formality.

Another Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Artist within the exhibition is Torben Giehler. Like Grotjahn, Giehler’s work is in comparison to a Modern Master, Mondrian. Born in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany in 1973 he
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