Say "Abstract Expressionism" and most people think of New York in the 1940s and ’50s, when a drunken Jackson Pollock pissed into Peggy Guggenheim's fireplace and Willem de Kooning painted his feral women. But as this collection show demonstrates, AbEx was simply part of a worldwide transformation of abstract art that took place in the years following World War II. The Guggenheim puts things in perspective, hanging the work of Pollock and De Kooning alongside examples by such lesser-known but equally innovative artists as Karel Appel, Eduardo Chillida and Takeo Yamaguchi, among others.
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