abstract expressionist sculpture

An early work by Ad Reinhardt, born today in 1913, who is best known for his later monochromatic paintings.  

[Ad Reinhardt. Study for a Painting. 1939. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

“I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom. If you … are moved only by … color relationships, then you miss the point.” - Mark Rothko, born on this day in 1903.  

[Mark Rothko. No. 3/No. 13. 1949. Bequest of Mrs. Mark Rothko through The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

Robert Motherwell, born today in 1915, began his career as an academic and art historian.

He described his working process as follows: “I begin painting with a series of mistakes. The painting comes out of the correction of mistakes by feeling. I begin with shapes and colors, which are not related internally nor to the external world; I work without images.” 

[Robert Motherwell. Western Air. 1946-47]