American Abstract

April 13, 2009

This week, the College is hosting a special event with Irving Sandler, the foremost historian of postwar American art. Sandler will be appearing on Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm, at the SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, to talk about his new book Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience: a Reevaluation, which is co-published by SVA and Hard Press Editions in association with Hudson Hills Press. The book revisits the subject of Sandler’s landmark study, 1970’s The Triumph of American Painting, with fresh conclusions about the early years of the Abstract Expressionist movement and a challenge to recent interpretations. Focusing on the decade of 1942-1952, he examines the work of artistic giants like Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still and Willem de Kooning in a historical context.

The author will be interviewed by art critic and faculty member Raphael Rubinstein, who is the editor of Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience; painter Alex Katz will make introductory remarks; and a book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.

Photo: © Jonathan Gams, 2007.

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