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Art: Hot Ticket

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published March 28, 2002

Life-changing artwork

American Art in the Age of Anxiety is a small show of only 19 works on paper at the Tampa Museum of Art, but it demonstrates the wide differences in the movement known as Abstract Expressionism.

American artists, especially in New York, were affected by their European counterparts who fled their homelands during the rise of facism and the advent of World War II. You can see the influence of Surrealism and Cubism stylistically, and of new psychological and political developments thematically.

The show includes Untitled, above, from the group Bursts by Adolph Gottlieb.

A few works in this exhibition seem neither abstract nor expressionistic, such as that by Joan Miro (who is also not American), but all are linked by an obvious joy in experimenting with color and form and a belief in the fragility of the old order. Life had changed, and they knew it.

Among the artists represented are Robert Motherwell, Elaine deKooning, Stanley Hayter, Louise Nevelson, Grace Hartigan, Louis Shaker, Lawrence Kupferman and Mark Tobey.

The show has been extended through April 28. The Tampa Museum of Art is at N 600 Ashley Drive. (813) 274-8130.

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