I found this article over at The Art Story where it mentions that abstract expressionism finished in late 1960s, I would like to think it’s still going strong. I think maybe their just talking about the movement, which in my opinion was one of the best periods in art history. Although, there are many periods in the history of art which may be said to be the best. So lets just not risk the cause of a debate and say, abstract expressionism was one of MY favourite periods in the history of art. 🙂
“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academic painting. However, there is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”
“Abstract Expressionism” was never an ideal label for the movement, which developed in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. It was somehow meant to encompass not only the work of painters who filled their canvases with fields of color and abstract forms, but also those who attacked their canvases with a vigorous gestural expressionism. Still Abstract Expressionism has become the most accepted term for a group of artists who held much in common. All were committed to art as expressions of the self, born out of profound emotion and universal themes, and most were shaped by the legacy of Surrealism, a movement that they translated into a new style fitted to the post-war mood of anxiety and trauma. In their success, these New York painters robbed Paris of its mantle as leader of modern art, and set the stage for America’s dominance of the international art world.