Rare Special Editions available for ACC Art Books –  More Information

Black cover with abstract painting of figures and boxes with Figuration Never Died in beige font below, and yellow border to left edge

Figuration Never Died

New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970

Contributions by Karen Wilkin
Foreword by Bruce Weber
Contributions by Danny Lichtenfeld


Log in to add this to your wishlist.
  • Showcases artists' work featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern art, and more
  • Accompanies an exhibition at at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont from 4 October 2020
Full Description

This publication accompanies the Figuration Never Died: New York Painterly Painting, 1950-1970
exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. By about 1950, forward-looking New York painting was seen as synonymous with abstraction- especially charged, gestural Abstract Expressionism. But there was also a strong group of dissenters; artists, all born in the 1920s and many of them students of Hans Hofmann, who never lost their enthusiasm for the seductive qualities of thick, malleable oil paint. They remained, for the most part, ‘painterly’ painters. These rebellious artists include Lois Dodd, Jane Freilicher, Paul Georges, Grace Hartigan, Wolf Kahn, Alex Katz, Albert Kresch, Robert de Niro Sr., Paul Resika, and Anne Tabachnick. The compelling figurative work they made between about 1950 and 1970, in contrast to the prevailing Abstract Expressionism of the time, constitutes a significant chapter in the history of recent American Modernism.

About the Author
Karen Wilkin is an independent curator and art critic specialising in 20th-century Modernism. She has organised numerous exhibitions internationally and is the author of monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, and Hans Hofmann. Bruce Weber was senior curator at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts. His specialty is in American painting, sculpture, and drawings from the late-18th century to the mid-20th century, and he has also frequently curated and written on contemporary American art. Danny Lichtenfeld is the director of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Look Inside
The Artist Book Foundation
10th May 2021
266 mm x 254 mm
120 Pages
74 color
Recently Viewed

Please log-in or create an account to see your recent items.