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Archives: Dominic Green

14th March 2023

Drippers & Printmakers

When abstract expressionism emerged in postwar New York, the leading critic of the day claimed it a “uniquely American” idea. Well, maybe. New York hosted many artists during the war, notably the famous surrealists. They significantly influenced local artists who were developing new approaches to abstraction. Robert Motherwell commented that abstract expressionism should really have been called “abstract surrealism”.