In the 1940s and 1950s, a group of New York City artists changed the course of art history with drips, color and aggressive, abstract paintings. Bad boy figures like Jackson Pollock, known for his splattered canvases, Willem de Kooning, who did wild abstractions of women, and female artists Grace Hartigan and Lee Krasner. This weekend, the Museum of Modern Art unveils an eight-month-long tribute to the so-called New York School. "Abstract Expressionist New York" represents the first time in more than four decades that the museum has gathered works by these artists in a single place.
In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan speaks with WNYC Arts Writer Carolina Miranda about the exhibit and about a two-part documentary Miranda created which focuses on the physical spaces in New York that helped fuel the Abstract Expressionist movement: The Cedar Tavern and Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery.