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Willem De Kooning, Woman II, 1952, Oil, enamel and charcoal on canvas, 149.9 x 109.3 cm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, 1995, © 2016 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2016. Digital image (c) 2016. The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence
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Abstract expressionism: a phenomenon, not a movement

The just-opened ‘Abstract Expressionism’ exhibition at the Royal Academy chronicles a key moment in 20th century art, presenting some of the period’s most iconic works. Fisun Güner reflects on the significance of this last great age of the artist as hero and tortured genius.

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Image by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Criticism over title of National Gallery Singapore fundraising event, Marina Abramović ordered to pay €250,000 to former co-creator Ula, and Nick Serota says residents overlooked by Tate Modern extension should get net curtains.

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Installation photograph of the exhibition, 'Bauhaus: 1919-1928', at MoMA, New York which was on view from Dec. 7, 1938, through Jan. 30, 1939
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A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: MoMA creates digital image archive of all its exhibitions, odds on next Tate director, and new UK arts minister’s first speech.

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Ghost, with insomniac passenger: Vange and Holehaven Creek, Essex with Coryton Oil Refinery and DP World Port, 2016. Photo: Simon Fowler
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A Q&A with… Adam Chodzko, Estuary festival artist

The first-ever biennial Estuary festival presents 16 days of art, literature, music and film ‘curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary’. Chris Sharratt talks to Kent-based, water-loving artist Adam Chodzko about his latest iteration of Ghost, featuring a specially adapted kayak with room for one reclining passenger.

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Switch House, Tate Modern. 
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Local residents claim visitors to new Tate are spying on them, thousands of cultural producers detained in Turkey, and artist-in-residence stranded at sea on bankrupt container ship.

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