Abstract Expressionism: Read between the lines By:Darion sharrard

Abstract Expressionism is an art movement in American painting caused by World War II. It was developed in New York in the 1940's. This gallery includes artwork that represents Abstract Expressionism in paintings. In these artworks you will see how important the role of the visual element line is. 

This oil on canvas painting is one of many of a series by Sonia Gechtoff. As you can see by the strokes of the lines the artist applied paint with a pallet knife. The Visitor has flame-like lines that come out from the middle giving it movement and direction. As you can see the thickness of the lines also give it weight.
This oil on canvas painting is a different intake on Abstract Expressionism. Blue Reflections by Kazuo Nakamura makes this painting more realistic simply by implying lines in different directions and thickness. The organic lines give it the shape of trees and mirroring water. The thickness and overlapping of the lines also gives the painting depth.
New York, No. 1 is part of series by Sterne. It is an oil on canvas painting that represents landmarks of New York. The artists uses harsh black detailed lines to give the audience attention to the Brooklynn Bridge at the bottom half of the painting. As you more up the painting the lines become a grayish color and less detail bringing it out of focus.
Noman Lewis' oil on paper painting, the Untitled, resembles a skyscrape. He centers the focus on the yellow and orange hues of the painting while blending into the background with blues and blacks. The organic lines give the elements a circle and volume look. They look like spheres in space. If you look closely there seems to be a sphere down in the darkness at the right corner.
Alfredo Da Silva's oil on canvas is both organic and geometric. The harsh lines of the brush stokes give it a jagged look, but once all put together the painting resembles a galaxy. The thickness and overlapping of the lines give it depth and volume. The direction of the lines lead our eyes to move around in the painting like a galaxy would move.
Cityscape is an oil on canvas by Richard Diebenkorn. Diebenkorn created many paintings like this one of cities. He creates this cityscape by simply painting lines in different directions. You can clearly see the road right in the middle. On the left side lines give shape and volume to form houses. On the right side you see flat lan such as fields.
Untitled was inspired by German Expressionism and Surrealism. This oil on canvas is portrays Clyfford Still's inner psychic state. He used a pallet knife and brushes to create these twisted organic lines. You get this sense of depth that the white line is just floating in space somewhere but is held down by the yellow object on the bottom right. You can also see how the white lines turn into black lines once it touches the yellow object.
This oil on canvas painting is of Merce Cunningham. Cunningham formed is own company of abstract dancing and worked with various artists such as Elaine de Kooning. Kooning was addicted to portraitures. Here you can see how she uses sharp jagged lines to give shape to the Cunningham. She wanted the posture of the him to be tense.
Diebenkorn's oil on canvas is of a coastline. In Seawall you can see the difference between water, sky, and land. Diebenkorn uses visual elements such as lines and direction to make the audience view this piece the way he wanted. The thickness's of the lines vary to create shape and volume to the painting.
Elaine de Kooning painting an John F. Kennedy with oils on canvas. She has created over one hundred drawings and twenty- three paintings of him. Kooning created this portraiture with sharp, jagged lines. The lines portray his sense of restlessness. The artist was so inspired by Kennedy that after his assassination she quit painting for a year.
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