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Abstract Imagists is a term derived from a 1961 exhibition in the "Guggenheim Museum, "New York called American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists. This exhibition was the first in the series of programs for the investigation of tendencies in American and European painting and sculpture.
It had been recognized that the paintings of "Josef Albers, "Barnett Newman, "Mark Rothko, "Adolph Gottlieb, "Ad Reinhardt, "Clyfford Still and "Robert Motherwell were all very different yet the symbolic content was achieved "through dramatic statement of isolated and highly simplified elements."  In many cases the dramatic simplification was achieved by the use of:
In some cases there was a "loss of the feeling and immediacy" in the work.
List of Abstract Imagists
Some other Abstract Imagists
- Virgil Baker, From realism to reality in recent American painting. (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1959.)
- Bernard H. Friedman, School of New York: some younger artists. (New York, Grove Press [©1959])
- "Sam Hunter, Modern American Painting and Sculpture. ([New York, Dell Pub. Co., 1959])
- Harold Rosenberg, The Tradition of the New. (New York, Horizon Press, 1959)
- György Kepes, The Visual Arts Today. (Middletown, Conn., Wesleyan University Press )
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