Coming soon: Abstract Expressionism

 Pollock, Rothko and the radicals of American art

Abstract Expressionism opens 24 September

‘Wall-to-wall genius at the Royal Academy’ Evening Standard

Abstract Expressionism will forever be associated with the restlessly inventive energy of 1950s New York. In the era of jazz and the Beat Generation, artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning broke drastically from the conventions of painting, experimenting with scale, colour and gesture.

Alongside Cubism, Abstract Expressionism more than any other movement marks a critical turning point in the evolution of 20th-century art. Yet remarkably, there has been no major collective survey in the UK for almost 60 years.

This autumn, we bring together some of the finest works by the leading exponents of Abstract Expressionism, as well as placing a well-deserved spotlight on some of its lesser known figures. This ambitious exhibition will offer a timely re-evaluation of a movement that gave America a true artistic identity, and which continues to shape art today. Find out more.

Friends Previews are 21–23 September.
Booking for Previews will open in June, more details to follow soon.


Lead sponsor BNP Paribas
Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art

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