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Grace Hartigan News: What AbEx Women Can Teach Us about Today’s Gold Rush for Female Artists, November  6, 2018 - Artsy, Mary Gabriel

What AbEx Women Can Teach Us about Today’s Gold Rush for Female Artists

November 6, 2018 - Artsy, Mary Gabriel

In socioeconomic terms, the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York can be divided into two eras: the first featuring obscurity and poverty, and the second, fortune and fame. But there was very little by way of a transitional bridge between those two periods, which made the arrival of a flood of cash and notoriety in the mid-1950s oddly destabilizing for the artists working in New York. As their colleague, the writer Harold Rosenberg, said, “They lost their minds.…It was the money. Just like schmucks in Hollywood. This hit them much too strong and much too organized.”

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