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America was flexing its cultural muscles in the post-war years, responding to the triumphs as well as the tragedies of World War 2, and in this moment, New York displaces Paris as the art center of the western world. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and many more produced big, juicy, painterly works of abstract art, emotion-filled and formally inventive. Popular docent Avril Angevine will guide us in a look at these works, focusing on some of the juiciest.
Avril Angevine is an independent art lecturer who has spoken at the Alameda Library many times. She is a Humanities and English instructor at local colleges, and a museum guide at both SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum.