Tracing the development of Abstract Expressionism and the counter-blast of Figurative art on the West Coast of America during a decisive period, this important publication marks a milestone in the on-going understanding of the post-war art scene in the United States. The movement had its origins in the art schools of San Francisco and Berkeley in the early 1940s and rose to prominence in the 1950s as a major challenge to the dominance of New York. Starting with the work of the 'first generation' artists, such as David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, whose pioneering images explored both figuration and abstraction, the movement's 'bridge' and 'second' generation artists, including Paul Wonner and Joan Brown, also feature. Including insightful discussions regarding the importance of drawing as a group activity, The Bay Area School skilfully presents a thorough survey of key works of the period and successfully argues the mutual influence of abstraction and figuration during this critical period, demonstrating, in turn, the continued importance of the these artists today.
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Thomas Williams is the Co-Director of London-based Vigo Gallery, which represents British and international contemporary artists. Since 1987, he has been dealing in Old Master drawings as Director of Thomas Williams Fine Art. He has published numerous essays and catalogues on Old Master and contemporary subjects including Giovanni Battista Lusieri (1754-1821), Alessandro Raho and David Hockney. Anya Perse is the Assistant Manager and Researcher for Vigo Gallery and Thomas Williams Fine Art. Colin Smith is a writer and artist. He has been a Harkness Fellow at Yale University and is currently the Associate Editor of Turps Banana magazine. He has published essays on Richard Diebenkorn, Karl Weschke and Wayne Thiebaud. He lives and works in London and Spain.
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