Abstract Expressionist New York – The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA






The Museum of Modern Art



Abstract Expressionist New York
October 3, 2010 – April 25, 2011





Abstract Expressionist New York Celebrates the Achievements of a Generation That Catapulted New York City to the Center of the International Art World Sixty Years Ago

Drawn entirely from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Abstract Expressionist New York traces the development of Abstract Expressionism from its auspicious beginnings in the 1940s to its seasoned maturity in the 1960s.


Abstract Expressionist New York



Cover of the publication Abstract Expressionism at the Museum of Modern Art, published by The Museum of Modern Art.
© The Museum of Modern Art.





Marking the Museum’s largest and most comprehensive presentation of Abstract Expressionist art, this wide-ranging survey brings together some 250 works across a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and film. Masterpieces by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, David Smith, and Joan Mitchell are joined by lesser-seen but revelatory works by artists who developed independent voices within Abstract Expressionism. In addition to providing a fresh look at scores of works of art that have not been seen together in half a century, the exhibition also offers a selection of images and documentary material from The Museum of Modern Art Archives, which illustrates the linked histories of Abstract Expressionism, MoMA, and New York City during this pivotal moment in modern art. Abstract Expressionist New York will be on view throughout the Museum, spanning 25,000 square feet of gallery space, including the entire fourth-floor painting and sculpture galleries as well as galleries on the second and third floors.

Three distinct exhibitions are presented in three locations throughout the Museum: The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fourth floor; The Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries, third floor; and The Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, second floor. An exhibition of films from the collection that are associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement will be featured in The Roy and Niuta Titus theaters in early 2011. The ambitious scale of this exhibition introduces various perspectives on the movement and invites a new understanding of a period which influenced the artistic developments of the subsequent half century.


  • Abstract Expressionist New York: The Big Picture
    The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fourth floor

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  • Abstract Expressionist New York: Ideas Not Theories: Artists and The Club, 1942-1962
    The Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries, third floor

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  • Abstract Expressionist New York: Rock Paper Scissors
    The Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, second floor

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