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The Week re­views an ex­hi­bi­tion in a pri­vate gallery Im­pulse at Pace

In the mid-to-late-1950s, so the story goes, the high se­ri­ous­ness of ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ist paint­ing was sud­denly su­per­seded by the sunny, play­ful vi­sions of pop art – a move­ment which went on to dom­i­nate the art world for at least two decades. Of course, as with all sim­pli­fied his­to­ries, this is only half the story; long af­ter the Ab-ex school’s hey­day, painters like Frank Bowl­ing, Ed Clark, Ken­neth Noland, Mor­ris Louis and Sam Gil­liam were still push­ing the style for­ward, grad­u­ally cre­at­ing their own, thrilling lan­guages of ab­strac­tion. This show brings to­gether a host of daz­zlingly coloured and stylis­ti­cally di­verse works re­alised by these five artists in the 1960s and 1970s, which, while per­haps lack­ing the im­me­di­acy of con­tem­po­rary pop art, are of­ten just as sat­is­fy­ing. Most no­table of the lot are Noland’s paint­ings, for which the artist shaped his can­vases into odd poly­gons, be­fore ap­ply­ing stun­ning bursts of colour. Pric­ing is com­plex, but ex­pect to pay up­wards of $175,000.

6 Burling­ton Gar­dens, Lon­don W1 (020-3206 7600). Un­til 22 De­cem­ber

Bowl­ing’s Leno­raseas (1976) (de­tail)

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