Their process, involved splashing, using gestural brushstrokes and dripping paint onto canvas rather than carefully applying it. The term 'action painting' was coined by Harold Rosenberg in his groundbreaking article The American Action Painters published in ARTnews in December 1952.
The term action painters is applied to artists working from the 1940s until the early 1960s whose approach to painting emphasized the physical act of painting as an essential part of the finished work
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A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool looks afresh at the pioneering and iconic American artist Jackson Pollock. Scrutinising some of ...
Jackson Pollock's reputation – salacious untruths in tow – often precedes him. With an exhibition at Tate Liverpool exploring the blind ...
Action Painters at Tate
Tate Modern Exhibition10 Feb – 3 May 2010Exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life and work of Arshile Gorky at Tate Modern 10 February to 3 May 2010
Tate Liverpool Exhibition1 Feb – 5 May 2008Niki de Saint Phalle; past exhibition at Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool Exhibition30 Jun – 18 Oct 2015Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots presents the first exhibition in more than three decades of Pollock’s paintings made between 1951 ...