Beauty in chaos - Jacob Robertson

The following gallery is a look at work from and influenced by Abstract Expressionism, the artistic revolution following the aftermath of World War II. This era was riddled in confusion and uncertainty as the state of the world at that time was one of turmoil and justified anxiety of what the future held. That turmoil spawned a generation of art and artists that was a radical departure from the classics.

PH-295 by Clyfford Still actually precedes the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1940s but is an important piece none the less. It was a precursor of the art that would follow as work became more and more chaotic. Depicted in the painting are several objects stretching skyward, with one tall pillar, bathed in light, standing above the rest.
New York No. 1 by Hedda Sterne is a wash of metallic and darker colors, with black lines appearing like bridgework or scaffolding. There is a noticeable pyre or skyscraper in the center stretching higher into the lighter blue "sky" area at the top of the painting. Near the top right corner is something that looks like a cross-section of a window.
City Landscape by Joan Mitchell is a hectic showing of a great number of colors in short, horizontal strokes. In the lower half of painting, the strokes are longer and wander along the bottom of the piece. The upper portion of the work, there are far less quick strokes of color like below creating an airy feel.
Torrid Zone / Region by Brian Wynter is a vibrant display of nearly every color imaginable. Several horizontal strokes of white give the appearance of a spirals leading downward, drawing your eyes down the painting. Many of the lines which travel vertically are rarely straight down the painting, with many of them wrapping around to form circles.
Auki by Fernando de Szyszlo is a lovely collection of reds and blacks creating a dark, foreboding display. There is a center, dark pillar that the lighter reds wrap themselves around. In the upper left, there are three dark talons that arch skywards. Another group of lighter reds drape from a crossbar attached to the center pillar with a rope-like appearance.
The Visitor by Sonia Gechtoff is a wonderful showing of radiant reds, blacks, and whites. A figure in the center, who appears to be a person or human-like being surrounded in reds and yellows, dominates the focus of the piece with hints of green accents. Most of the white lines are accompanied by blacks to create a sharp contrast, which help define the figure in the center.
Soaring Flight by Peter Lanyon is a beautiful litany of blues creating a soft, airy backdrop for the other colors to define themselves in. Contrasting to the blue are two lines, a horizontal brown and a slightly diagonal red. A rival darker blue meets the red line and beside it resides a pocket of white.
Exodus #15 by Peter Lipman-Wulf shows a white backdrop being overwhelmed by a menacing sea of dark blues and blacks coming from the left side of the canvas. Spots of yellow and red can be found cascading the sparse right side of the painting, where thin lines bend and curve. Streaks of light blue spring from a point in the lower right, traveling in long arcs across the painting.
Untitled by Alfredo Da Silva is a gorgeous sea of white that sweeps from the top left to rest of the canvas, resting in a pool of oranges and blues. Several sharp lines throughout the white create a multitude of shapes. Dots of white litter the piece giving it a look resembling the night sky.
Untitled by Norman Lewis is a hazy display of blues, yellows, and oranges on a black background. Several circles or circle-like shapes can be found from top to bottom in the piece, all of them slightly off-center. The way that some of them overlap gives the appearance of various stages of the moon.