‘HE TOLD ME ABOUT MY SUCCESS’: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WOMEN OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

When people think about Abstract Expressionism, they usually think of a group of men—Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Robert Motherwell, among others. But, as a show at the Denver Art Museum this summer makes clear, women were vital to the movement, and history has yet to completely reflect this. Below are excerpts from the ARTnews archives that showcase female Abstract Expressionists and their changing place in art history. Lee Krasner reflects on the New York School’s misogyny, while Fairfield Porter, Irving Sandler, and Lawrence Campbell praise Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Elaine de Kooning (the latter a frequent ARTnews contributor). via ArtNews