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Movements, Styles, and Tendencies Post-Painterly Abstraction

Post-Painterly Abstraction

Post-Painterly Abstraction Collage

Started: Early 1950s

Ended: Mid 1970s

"A picture is a flat surface with paint on it - nothing more."

Donald Judd Signature


Post-painterly abstraction is a broad term that encompasses a variety of styles that evolved in reaction to the painterly, gestural approaches of some Abstract Expressionists. Coined by Clement Greenberg in 1964, it originally served as the title of an exhibition that included a large number of artists who were associated with various tendencies, including color field painting, hard-edge abstraction, and the Washington Color School.

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