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Post-Painterly Abstraction: A New Direction in Abstract Art

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Post-Painterly Abstraction, an influential movement that emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s, marked a significant shift in the landscape of abstract art. Moving away from the gestural, emotive styles of Abstract Expressionism, artists associated with Post-Painterly Abstraction embraced a cleaner, more disciplined approach to painting. Characterized by sharp edges, flat planes of color, and a focus on formal elements, this movement sought to explore the purity of painting itself. Historical Context and Origins The term "Post-Painterly Abstraction" was coined by the renowned art critic Clement Greenberg. Greenberg organized a seminal exhibition in 1964 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, titled "Post-Painterly Abstraction," which subsequently traveled to the Walker Art Center and the Art Gallery of Toronto. Greenberg had perceived a new movement in painting that derived from the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 1950s but "favored openness or cl