The Bay Area School Californian Artists from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s
Tracing the development of Abstract Expressionism and the counter-blast of Figurative art on the West Coast of America during a decisive period, this important publication marks a milestone in the on-going understanding of the post-war art scene in the United States. The movement had its origins in the art schools of San Francisco and Berkeley in the early 1940s and rose to prominence in the 1950s as a major challenge to the dominance of New York. Starting with the work of the 'first-generation' artists, such as David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, whose pioneering images explored both figuration and abstraction, the movement's 'bridge' and 'secondgeneration' artists, including Paul Wonner and Joan Brown, also feature. The Bay Area School skilfully presents a thorough survey of key works of the period and successfully argues for the mutual influence of abstraction and figuration during this critical period, demonstrating, in turn, the continued importance of the these artists today.