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Abstrakte Malerei

Galerie Nächst St. Stephan

A comparison between art in America and art in Europe is always tantalizing and sometimes enlightening—not just because the critics are busy debating who’s on the leading edge and whether the critical discourse is valid, but because the relationship between the New World and the Old World has been of such decisive importance in the entire postwar period, since the time when American art came into its own. By and large, the potency of much American art of this period derives from its radicalization of various theoretical problems and its clear sense of what is in fact do-able; and European art of the same period gains its power from a balancing act between cultural traditions—including those of Modernism—and the avant-garde. Although this exhibition, entitled “Abstrakte Malerei am Beispiel von drei europäischen and drei amerikanischen Künstlern” (Abstract painting exemplified by three

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