Dates: 1969-1980

Origin: United States

Key Artists: Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler

Characterized by intuitive and loose paint handling, spontaneous expression, illusionist space, acrylic staining, process, occasional imagery, and other painterly and newer technological techniques,Lyrical Abstraction led the way away from minimalism in painting and toward a new freer expressionism.Painters who directly reacted against the predominating Formalist, Minimalist, and Pop Art and geometric abstraction styles of the 1960s, turned to new, experimental, loose, painterly, expressive, pictorial and abstract painting styles. Many of them had been Minimalists, working with various monochromatic, geometric styles, and whose paintings publicly evolved into new abstract painterly motifs.

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Richard Diebenkorn

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