Spotlight Series: Abstract Expressionism and Beyond

April 18 - May 14, 2017

Asheville Art Museum On the Slope (175 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville 28801)


Throughout the 1950s, Abstract Expressionism (“Ab Ex”) dominated the art world. Its practitioners – artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Mark Rothko – aimed to express their inner psyche through energetic brushstrokes, spontaneous drips, and contemplative fields of color on monumental canvases. Their approach to art was highly influential, inspiring artists for many generations.

This installation includes two Ab Ex artworks – one an abstracted human figure, the other a total abstraction – as well as a third that responds to Pollock’s famous drip technique. These works provide a context for the paintings, prints, fashion, sculpture, and photographs on view in the adjacent exhibition, Pop ‘n’ Op.

Related programs & events

Art Break: Pop ‘n’ Op | April 28, 12pm

Group visits

Groups of 10 to 20 students or adults are invited to schedule a visit to Spotlight Series: Abstract Expressionism and Beyond and Pop ‘n’ Op. Our inquiry-based group visits, led by volunteer docents or Museum staff, challenge visitors to hone their observation skills.

Read more and schedule your group visit.


The Spotlight Series brings fresh perspectives to works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

View selected works in the exhibition »