Burst! Abstract Painting After 1945



ISBN: 9788284620053 Category:

Mary Gabriel, Karen Kurczynski, Jeremy Lewison, Daniel Zamani


Burst! Abstract Painting After 1945 looks at the close, but previously unexplored relationship between Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel. Through texts and close to hundred illustrations, the book describes a vital creative exchange across the Atlantic that would entirely redefine painting.

With works by Jean Dubuffet, Natalia Dumitresco, Helen Frankenthaler, Asger Jorn, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and many others.

Additional information

Weight 1026 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 31.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 13 September 2023
Number of pages 168
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Daniel Zamani and Heidi Bale Amundsen
Dimensions 23.5 x 31.1 cm
Weight 1026 g


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Mary Gabriel is the author of Ninth Street Women (2018), which won the 2022 NYU/Axinn Foundation Prize for narrative nonfiction. Gabriel's previous book, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull (1998) and The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone (2002). Her latest book, Madonna: A Rebel Life, will be published in October 2023. Gabriel worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly two decades and now lives in Ireland.

Karen Kurczynski is Professor of modern and contemporary History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up (Routledge, 2014) and Reanimating Art: The Cobra Movement in Postwar Europe (Routledge, 2020), and curator of the exhibitions Human Animals: The Art of Cobra (UMASS University Museum of Contemporary Art and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 2016) and Expo Jorn: Art is a Festival (co-curated with Karen Friis Herbsleb, Museum Jorn, 2014). Kurczynski has published widely on Asger Jorn, the European Cobra movement, the Situationist International, and contemporary art. Her current research focuses on drawing as an inter-media practice in relation to politics, race, feminism, and decoloniality in art since the 1990s.

Daniel Zamani received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2017, with an AHRC-funded thesis on the interplay of occult and medieval themes in André Breton's work. He was appointed curator at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam in 2018, where he manages its extensive collection of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Exhibitions he has curated or co-curated include the shows Matisse-Bonnard: Long Live Painting! (2017), Color and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross (2019), Monet: Places (2020), The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945 (2022), and Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity (2022). Zamani has also published widely in the field of 19th and 20th-century painting, especially on Surrealism.