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Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper. Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Messinger, Lisa Mintz
1992
176 pages
62 illustrations
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Abstract Expressionist works on paper from the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are presented in this volume, which documents the wealth of the Museum's holdings in that area. Many of them are published here for the first time, and several are recent additions to the collection. All are illustrated in full-page color reproductions that show the nuances of each work in great detail.

The Abstract Expressionists are best known for their paintings and sculptures, and virtually all of the many publications about these artists concentrate on those large-scale works. This unique catalogue deals exclusively with their smaller, more intimate works on paper, providing many new insights about the routes that led to the Abstract Expressionists' innovative artistic accomplishments. The nineteen artists included are William Baziotes, James Brooks, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Gerome Kamrowski, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Theodore Roszak, Mark Rothko, Anne Ryan, David Smith, Theodoros Stamos, and Mark Tobey. Each of them is discussed in a separate essay, which encompasses information about the artist's background and development, commentary about the importance of drawing in his or her oeuvre, and an analysis of each work in the selection. Also included in the essays is technical information about a number of the individual works that enhances understanding of the variety and originality of these artists' media and techniques.

The text is by Lisa Mintz Messinger, Assistant Curator, Department of Twentieth Century Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Met Art in Publication

Florida Seascape (recto); Untitled (verso), William Baziotes  American, Opaque watercolor, watercolor, and black ink on paper
1945
Cobra, William Baziotes  American, Watercolor and graphite on paper
1957
Number 4 - 1960, James Brooks  American, Oil paint on paper
1960
Black Mountain #15, Elaine de Kooning  American, Enamel on paper, mounted on canvas
1948
Judgment Day, Willem de Kooning  American, born The Netherlands, Oil and charcoal on paper
1946
Black Untitled, Willem de Kooning  American, born The Netherlands, Oil and enamel on paper, mounted on wood
1948
Zot, Willem de Kooning  American, born The Netherlands, Oil on paper, mounted on wood
1949
Woman, Willem de Kooning  American, born The Netherlands, Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard
ca. 1952
Woman, Willem de Kooning  American, born The Netherlands, Oil on paper, mounted on cardboard
1966
Virginia Landscape, Arshile Gorky  American, born Armenia, Graphite and colored crayons on paper
1943
Untitled, Arshile Gorky  American, born Armenia, Graphite and colored crayons on paper
1944
Untitled, Willem de Kooning  American, born The Netherlands, Oil and enamel on paper
ca. 1949
Signs for Magic, Adolph Gottlieb  American, Opaque watercolor and watercolor wash on paper
1946
Untitled, Philip Guston  American, born Canada, Ink on paper
ca. 1950–51
Drawing 1960, Philip Guston  American, born Canada, Ink on paper
1960
Revolve and Devolve, Gerome Kamrowski  American, Opaque watercolor on paper
1943
Forest Forms, Gerome Kamrowski  American, Opaque watercolor, ink, and crayon on paper mounted on board
1943
Painted Newsprint, Franz Kline  American, Oil on newspaper, mounted on gessoed Masonite
1948–50
Untitled, Franz Kline  American, Oil paint and collage of cut and torn paper with black ink on paper
ca. 1956
Study for "Flanders", Franz Kline  American, Ink and oil on paper
1961
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———. 1992. Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper ; Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art ; [the Exhibition Held at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, from January 26, 1993, through April 4, 1993, and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 4, 1993 through September 12, 1993]. Edited by Lisa Mintz Messinger. New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art [u.a.].