NEW YORK, Jan 30 — February 3 to June 4, 2017, the Spanish outpost of the Guggenheim is paying homage to the artistic movement known as Abstract Expressionism with an exhibition featuring more than 130 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by the likes of Pollock, Rothko, David Smith and Willem de Kooning, from public and private collections around the world.
In the USA, the 1940s were an age of free jazz, Beat poetry and Abstract Expressionism. Works from this highly expressive movement — which were often realised in monumental formats — broke with convention, with a freedom that allowed each artist to develop their own style.
Unlike Surrealism or Cubism, the movement wasn’t bound by any specific formula, allowing individual expression to flourish. Still, the movement is generally