Royal Academy Of Arts, London Until January 2, 2017
The explosion of a new style of painting in New York in the Forties was one of the most exciting moments in the history of art, to be compared with the emergence of Impressionism or even the flowering of Dutch painting in the 17th century. Suddenly, half a dozen great painters filled the sky.
Abstract Expressionism, as the movement is called, is so compelling that it’s surprising to learn that this is the first major British show devoted to it since 1959.
At the Royal Academy, it seems to emerge from nothing. The first room tries to suggest how aspects of it were influenced by Surrealism and contains some very dull work.
This exhibition completely captures the