Library Journal - Library JournalThe 1950s was an explosive decade in American art, the time when New York became the center of the world's avant-garde. This well-conceived exhibition catalog is the first to examine exclusively the figurative aspects of New York School painting at the height of Abstract Expressionism. Thirteen artists who countered the prevailing abstract mode in favor of the figure are represented in 81 paintings and drawings. Four informative essays elucidate the work's 100 illustrations, 61 in color. The catalog of the exhibit, a lengthy select bibliography, and exhibit histories for each artist from 1950 to 1965 add to the work's usefulness. Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.
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