Focusing on the fertile but often overlooked period preceding Abstract Expressionism, this important volume sheds new light on a crucial stage in the evolution of American abstraction. Full-color plates reproduce vibrant, dynamic works from the 1930s and '40s by Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, Burgoyne Diller, Suzy Frelinghuysen, Alexander Calder, and more than 50 other artists.
All 162 images are from the J. Donald Nichols Collection, remarkable for its exceptional breadth and diversity. Together, the images recreate the entire American abstract art scene of the '30s and '40s. Featured are works by members of the American Abstract Artists group and the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York, the Transcendental Painting Group in New Mexico, and the New Bauhaus school centered around Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Chicago. "Regional Modernists" from Pennsylvania, California, the Pacific Northwest, and the deep South also provide fine examples of abstract art.