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October 3, 2010–April 25, 2011 Drawn entirely from the Museum’s vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces. Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture, marking the first time in the history of the new Museum building that a full floor has been devoted to a single theme. The exhibition continues on the floors below, where focused shows—Rock Paper Scissors in the second-floor Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, and Ideas Not Theories in the third-floor Drawings Galleries—reveal distinct facets of the movement as it developed in diverse mediums, adding to a historical overview of the era and giving a sense of its great depth and complexity. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication. To view images of these artworks, please visit the Online Collection at moma.org/collection. MoMA Audio is available free of charge courtesy of Bloomberg.

October 3, 2010–April 25, 2011 Drawn entirely from the Museum’s vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces. Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture, marking the first time in the history of the new Museum building that a full floor has been devoted to a single theme. The exhibition continues on the floors below, where focused shows—Rock Paper Scissors in the second-floor Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, and Ideas Not Theories in the third-floor Drawings Galleries—reveal distinct facets of the movement as it developed in diverse mediums, adding to a historical overview of the era and giving a sense of its great depth and complexity. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication. To view images of these artworks, please visit the Online Collection at moma.org/collection. MoMA Audio is available free of charge courtesy of Bloomberg.
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October 3, 2010–April 25, 2011 Drawn entirely from the Museum’s vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the twentieth century’s greatest masterpieces. Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture, marking the first time in the history of the new Museum building that a full floor has been devoted to a single theme. The exhibition continues on the floors below, where focused shows—Rock Paper Scissors in the second-floor Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, and Ideas Not Theories in the third-floor Drawings Galleries—reveal distinct facets of the movement as it developed in diverse mediums, adding to a historical overview of the era and giving a sense of its great depth and complexity. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication. To view images of these artworks, please visit the Online Collection at moma.org/collection. MoMA Audio is available free of charge courtesy of Bloomberg.

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English


Episodes

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/13/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:24

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:30

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:25

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:53

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:42

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:25

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:24

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:22

Lee Krasner. Untitled. 1949

8/12/2014
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Oil on composition board, 48 x 37" (121.9 x 93.9 cm). Gift of Alfonso A. Ossorio. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Duration:00:01:20

Isamu Noguchi. My Pacific (Polynesian Culture). 1942

6/27/2013
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Driftwood, 41 x 21 x 8 1/4" (104.1 x 53.3 x 20.9 cm). Florene May Schoenborn Bequest. © 2010 Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:06

Jackson Pollock. The She-Wolf. 1943 (English)

4/8/2013
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1943. Oil, gouache, and plaster on canvas, 41 7/8 x 67" (106.4 x 170.2 cm). Purchase. © 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:31

Kids: Introduction to Abstract Expressionist New York

11/8/2011
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Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:35

Introduction to the exhibition Abstract Expressionist New York

4/4/2011
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Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:48

Norman Lewis. City Night. 1949 (English)

2/15/2011
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Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:58

James Brooks. Qualm. 1954

2/15/2011
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Oil on canvas, 61 x 57 1/8" (154.9 x 144.9 cm). Gift of Mrs. Bliss Parkinson. © 2010 Estate of James Brooks Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:16

Louise Nevelson. Sky Cathedral. 1958

12/3/2010
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Painted wood, 11' 3 1/2" x 10' 1/4" x 18" (343.9 x 305.4 x 45.7 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mildwoff. © 2010 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:34

Sam Francis. Big Red. 1953

12/3/2010
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Oil on canvas, 10' x 6' 4 1/4" (303.2 x 194 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller. © 2010 Estate of Sam Francis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:45

Romare Bearden. The Silent Valley of Sunrise. 1959

12/3/2010
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Oil and casein on canvas, 58 1/8 x 42" (147.5 x 106.5 cm). Given anonymously. © 2010 Estate of Romare Bearden Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:01:46

Herbert Ferber. Jackson Pollock. 1953

12/3/2010
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Lead. 17 5/8 x 30 x 6 1/2" (44.8 x 76.2 x 16.5 cm) weight 32 lbs (14.54 kg) Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

Duration:00:00:50