Why do you think Abstract Expressionism is such an important modernist art movement? (200-250 words)

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The works of Abstract Expressionists like Rothko and Pollock have been some of the most expensive paintings sold at auction:

  • $72.8 million for White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose), 1950 by Mark Rothko (2007)
  • $140 million for No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock (2006)

Visit the following websites on Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock:

Based on the information above and from the lectures and textbook, answer the following questions:

1) Why do you think Abstract Expressionism is such an important modernist art movement? Be sure to mention at least 3 specific characteristics of the works of Rothko and Pollock that have contributed to this movement and its important place in art history.

2) use 3 or more vocab words

3) compare the 2 paintings in your arguement


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