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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In the mid-to-late-1950s, so the story goes, the high seriousness of abstract expressionist painting was suddenly superseded by the sunny, playful visions of pop art – a movement which went on to dominate the art world for at least two decades.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