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Action, Gesture, Paint

Iwona Blazwick, Bice Curiger,
Joan M. Marter, Agustin Pérez Rubio,
Griselda Pollock, Elizabeth A. T. Smith,
Laura Smith, Candy Stobbs




At a time when the world was processing the anxieties of the Second World War and navigating a backdrop of deeply conflicted political climates, artists began to express their concerns in a new form of art that embraced personal and political freedom. Ironically, the reach of this ‘freedom’ has been limited to the white, male, and Western perspective. The overlooked narrative of gestural abstraction is kaleidoscopic, broad in its geographical breadth, in its definition and, crucially, it is female.


This exhibition catalogue contains colour reproductions of all the works exhibited as well as new essays.


  • Pages: 368 p.
  • Dimensions: 30,5 × 215 cm
  • Languages: French, English
  • Conception graphique : Kajsa Ståhl
  • Publisher: Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles / Whitechapel Gallery / Kunsthalle Bielefeld
  • Specificities: Clothbound and screen-printed hardback
  • Date: June 2023
  • ISBN: 979 10 94966 29 7
  • Price: 50 €