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Abstract Expressionist Architecture

a defining function of American abstract expressionist artwork is its huge size and scale. Heroic ambition, the vast United states landscape, in addition to feeling of "anything big" taking place in United states artwork tend to be reported as determining factors in this trend. This dissertation examines exactly how Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko not only coated large-scale canvases but, after trends in contemporary design, shifted their particular painting towards building of architectural environments, thus promoting the transformation of artwork from a window when you look at the wall surface to a wall without a window. The artist and architect Tony Smith, a close friend and colleague among these painters, played a working part in motivating their interest in contemporary design. Due to their particular investigations into the actual, plus conceptual, limits of this fabric, these musicians changed the viewer’s experience from a perceptual connection with pictorial area to a physical encounter with real area. In contradiction on idea regarding the strictly optical, one could describe this as a somatic viewing knowledge, tactile and active, which expected certain problems of sixties minimalism. This achievement redefines Pollock's, Newman's, and Rothko's legacy to the subsequent generation of artists and places their production into a broader historical framework.

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