At a time when the dominant mode of painting, Abstract Expressionism, emphasized expressive drama through bold brushwork and largely abstract compositions, Johnsa paintings of the American flag, targets, numbers and the alphabet demonstrated a decided departure from convention. Despite being painted with obvious care, they seemed emotionally reticent, cool and quiet, far from the emotional fireworks then fashionable. This books underlines how Johnsa work made the polarity between abstraction and representation that had dominated debates about modern art for decades seem suddenly obsolete, opening up other ways of thinking about artas relation to the world.38 Alley Oop, 1958. Oil and collage on cardboard, 58.4 x 45.7 cm. Collection of Mr. ... the long-awaited reaction against Abstract Expressionism. Their intensely private exchange would now take on a more complex, and more public, dimensionanbsp;...
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