expressionist abstract art

“To sense the invisible and to be able to create it — that is art.”

Hans Hofmann was born #onthisday in 1880. The abstract expressionist was also an influential modern art teacher, whose students included Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell.

[Hans Hofmann. Cathedral. 1959. Oil on canvas. Fractional and promised gift of Agnes Gund in honor of William Rubin. © 2017 Estate of Hans Hofmann/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, Ink on paper, c. 1950

Yayoi Kusama and more featured in “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting” 

Yayoi Kusama explored the concept of infinite repetition across a broad range of mediums as she forged a path through the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist art world of 1950s New York. For this work, she photographed her Infinity Net paintings, then cut up the black-and-white prints and fit them into a grid. See this and more works by pioneering women abstract artists in the exhibition #MakingSpace, now on view at MoMA.

Learn about the materials, techniques, and approaches of Kusama and six other New York School artists in our newest free online course, “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting.” The next session starts April 24— enroll today at mo.ma/coursera

[Yayoi Kusama. “Accumulation of Nets (No. 7).” c. 1962. Collage of gelatin silver prints. Gift of Agnes Gund. © 2017 Yayoi Kusama]