Royal Academy of Arts brings together paintings of abstract expressionism’s leading light, including works on loan from Australian and US galleries.
Opening in September 2016, this will be the first major exhibition of Abstract Expressionism to be held in the UK in almost six decades. The show will explore how abstract expressionists moved the centre of the art world from Paris to New York.
With over 150 paintings, sculptures and photographs from public and private collections across the world, this ambitious exhibition will encompass masterpieces by the most acclaimed American artists associated with the movement – among them, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Phillip Guston, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Aaron Siskind, David Smith and Clyfford Still, as well as lesser-known but no less vital artists.
Two of Jackson Pollock’s most important and biggest works will be sent from Australia and the US to be united for the first and probably only time in a landmark London show on abstract expressionism.
One of the highlights will be the display of Pollock’s monumental Mural, 1943, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, alongside the almost as vast Blue Poles, 1952, from the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Royal Academy of Arts
24 September 2016 — 2 January 2017