Abstract Expressionist postage stamps: Honor or oxymoron?
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Abstract Expressionist postage stamps: Honor or oxymoron?


Untitled work by Mark Rothko, 1953

Jonathan Fineburg, a University of Illinois art history professor and the author of Art Since 1940, a text familiar to many college art history students, was selected to choose just 10 artworks for the U.S. Postal Service’s  “Abstract Expressionists” stamps on sale today. He credits – here’s our MN connection – Joan “Joan of Art” Mondale with influencing the USPS’ decision to create this micro-exhibition. In a process that calls to mind shrinky-dinks, the expansive visions of Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell and Hans Hoffman, Adolph Gottlieb, and Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko (but not the work in the Walker’s collection, picture here) have been distilled to postage-stamp size, presented together on a sheet meant to evoke a gallery installation.

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