Abstract Expressionism at Royal Academy of Arts


Jackson Pollock, Blue Poles (detail), © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016
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Be inspired by artists such as de Kooning, Rothko and Pollock with this major retrospective on one of the most turbulent periods in art history. Read More


Rediscover one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century with Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The first major retrospective on Abstract Expressionism in almost 60 years in the UK, this exhibition aims to re-evaluate the art movement, and give it new life and scope. From the colour-field painting of Mark Rothko, to Jackson Pollock's gestural brushstrokes, the display showcases the reinvention of non-figurative painting by a varied group of artists.

Featuring more than 150 works, Abstract Expressionism showcases masterpieces by Phillip Guston, Arshile Gorky, Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning and Lee Krasner, among others. Renowned New York-based figures are displayed alongside those of West Coast American artists such as Sam Francis and Mark Tobey, in order to reflect the full spectrum of this revolutionary movement.

Highlights of the exhibition include Jackson Pollock’s Mural, Arshile Gorky’s Water of the Flowery Mill and Mark Rothko’s No. 15.

Venue Details & Map

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
Public transport:
Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Green Park Train: Victoria Piccadilly Circus: walk down Piccadilly towards Green Park. The Royal Academy is opposite Fortnum & Masons.

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