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The Irascibles

November 8, 2014 - January 4, 2015

In autumn 1950, progressive artists in New York City protested against the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s restrictive practices for exhibiting and collecting their work. In its January 15, 1951 issue, Life magazine published an article about them , along with a Nina Leen group portrait of fifteen of the protesters: Theodoros Stamos (1922-97), Jimmy Ernst (1920-84), Barnett Newman (1905-70), James C. Brooks (1906-92), Mark Rothko (1903-70); middle row: Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-92), William Baziotes (1912-63), Jackson Pollock (1912-56), Clyfford Still (1904-80), Robert Motherwell (1915-91), Bradley Walker Tomlin (1899-53); back row: Willem de Kooning (1904-97), Adolph Gottlieb (1903-74), Ad Reinhardt (1913-67), and Hedda Sterne (1910-2011). Leen’s photograph has come to be known as The Irascibles.

In conjunction with Absence / Presence: The Photographs of Richard Pousette-Dart, the Museum presents an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and graphic arts by these pioneers whose innovative work came to define international post-World War II art.

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.