AbEx: The View From The Top

clyfford-still-ph150-cropRichard Dorment writes: ‘With thirty-six artists represented by over 150 paintings, sculptures, and photographs on loan from public and private collections around the world, the Royal Academy’s stupendous survey of Abstract Expressionism is the first on this scale staged in Britain for almost six decades. (Pictured is Clyfford Still‘s “PH-150” detail, 1958). That it succeeds in almost every way in shaping the all-but-indefinable phenomenon of Abstract Expressionism into a coherent story is to the credit of the curator David Anfam, who has risen to the challenge by taking two different approaches to its selection and installation.’

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