We're enamored by the abstract artwork of Franz Kline, Agnes Martin and Sol Le Witt. Coming of age during the early days of the abstract expressionist movement in the 1940s and 50s, this group of creatives pushed cultural norms and shifted the public’s perception of art. Their spontaneity in form coupled with their use of graphic gradients from black to white is so striking and resonates long after leaving the museum. Bold and dramatic—this crop of artists inspires us!
Here's a look at a few of our favorite pieces. Plus we uncovered some awesome archival photos of these artists hanging out in their studios. We love getting a little glimpse into their work spaces.
Deceptively minimal Agnes Martin worked almost exclusively in black and white. Her grid-like forms are a tight and orderly form of geometric abstraction.
Painting with wide and wild strokes, Franz Kline hewed towards the action side of expressionism. His work is dynamic and spontaneous and often draws references to abstractions of Japanese calligraphy.
Sol Le Witt saw himself as a architect of form. His geometric sculptures and drawings used basic shapes like quadrilaterals, spheres and triangles, and he often stuck to a simple color code of black and white.