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After Abstract Expressionism: Making Sense of Painting in the 1960s

Recorded: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7 - 8:30 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Everyone was at a loss after Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-56) famously flung and dripped paint onto the unstretched canvases he placed on the floor of his studio in 1948. To quote the American artist Allan Kaprow: “he destroyed painting.” If Pollock destroyed all the assumptions everyone had about painting in the late 1940s, he also created a generation of artists who were forced to contend with his innovation in the 1950s and 1960s. In this lecture, we will explore how artists made sense of painting in the wake of Jackson Pollock’s radical gesture.


Kenneth Brummel is the Assistant Curator of Modern Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. A specialist in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century art American and European art, he has worked in curatorial capacities at the Cincinnati Art Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He completed his graduate work at Harvard University and The University of Chicago, where he was a PhD student in art history.

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