April 27th, 2011
The MoMa's most bombastic, triumphant show—Abstract Expressionist New York—is coming to Canada.
Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, de Kooning: are you lining up yet? The history of America's first, and still-best (since you asked me), art style is splendid enough to enthrall even seen-it-all gallery-goers.
For its sojourn at the Art Gallery of Ontario, AbEx NY (as it's affectionately called) will have to be pared down—which might make it easier to appreciate. Still, it'll be impossible not to see how big (literally and figuratively) this movement is. In the Eighties, painting was declared dead. The rumours turned out to be exaggerated, as anyone can tell you now. But while Abstract Expressionism lived, painting had never been more vital. —SNP
Tickets to Abstract Expressionist New York at the AGO go on sale this Saturday, April 30 (opens May 28). Adult admission is $25. For more information, or to purchase, see call 416-979-6655 or visit www.ago.net