Period & Style
Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 June 8–September 12, 2012 Pioneering artists in the 1950s embraced artistic freedom, gesture-based styles, novel materials, and countercultural references in the early Cold War period. Influential French critic Michel Tapié declared the existence of un art autre (art of another kind)—a radical break with traditional notions of order and composition, in a movement toward something wholly “other.” Taking its name from Tapié’s pivotal 1952 book and exhibition, Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 especially highlights works that entered into the Guggenheim collection during director James Johnson Sweeney’s tenure (1952–60). The show features nearly 100 paintings and sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Willem de Kooning, Asger Jorn, Georges Mathieu, Jackson Pollock, Antoni Tàpies, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others, and explores the affinities and differences between artists working continents apart during a highly transitional period.For more information about the exhibition, visit guggenheim.org/anotherkind.
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