Jun 082012
 
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Mark Rothko, Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949 Oil on canvas, 207 x 167.6 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, Elane and Werner Dannheisser and The Dannheisser Foundation © 2012 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Kris McKay/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Mark Rothko, Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949 Oil on canvas, 207 x 167.6 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, Elane and Werner Dannheisser and The Dannheisser Foundation © 2012 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Kris McKay/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

This year’s summer show at Guggenheim New York is, well, a very New York experience. Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 explores international trends in abstraction during the decade before Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim was opened in October 1959. Approximately 100 works by some seventy artists from the United States and Europe represent art forms such as Abstract Expressionism, CoBrA and Art Informel. The title of the exhibition is based on French art critic Michel Tapié’s un art autre (art of another kind), a term that referred to the mosaic of styles in the 1950′s that rejected a connection with any tradition or past idiom.

The show considers post-World War II artistic developments that included the emergence of artists including: Karel Appel, Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Eduardo Chillida, Lucio Fontana, Grace Hartigan, Asger Jorn, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Georges Mathieu, Isamu Noguchi, Kenzo Okada, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tàpies, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Takeo Yamaguchi, and Zao Wou-Ki.

Organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Art of Another Kind is on view from June 8 through September 12.