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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to abstract expressionist New York School

November 21, 2013

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Jackson Pollock and other members of the New York School of abstract expressionist painters of the 1950s.

Reviewing a Milan museum’s exhibition of works by 18 artists, Sandro Barbagallo said that the painters of the New York School made “a quantum leap in the history of American art.” Disagreeing with the museum curator’s view of abstract expressionism as a radical break with the past, Barbagallo singled out for particular praise Jackson Pollock’s Number 27, “in which the viewer can focus on the rational process of the artist, where nothing is left to chance.”


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