As the Literary Man plans his upcoming weekend, he must recommend to all other literary individuals the current Abstract Expressionist New York exhibit on display at the MOMA until April 25th. It’s the kind of exhibit that commands multiple viewings, and that generates one of the Literary Man’s favorite topics of discussion: what is art?

Jackson Pollock. Number 1A, 1948.

From the MOMA’s description of the exhibit:

More than sixty years have passed since the critic Robert Coates, writing in the New Yorker in 1946, first used the term “Abstract Expressionism” to describe the richly colored canvases of Hans Hofmann. Over the years the name has come to designate the paintings and sculptures of artists as different as Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner and David Smith. Beginning in the 1940s, under the aegis of Director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., works by these artists began to enter the Museum’s collection. Thanks to the sustained support of the curators, the trustees, and the artists themselves, these ambitious acquisitions continued throughout the second half of the last century and produced a collection of Abstract Expressionist art of unrivaled breadth and depth.

Enjoy your literary weekend!