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Of the Moment: Abstract Expressionism

The tough winter has many New Yorkers fleeing for warmer locales, but for those of us who have to brave the cold in this frigid city, the Museum of Modern Art is offering a noteworthy (and warm!) escape. The Abstract Expressionist New York exhibition (running through April 25, 2011) will feature the museum's entire collection of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures belonging to this theme. A mid-century phenomenon that placed New York at the center of the international art world, Abstract Expressionism came to embody various agendas, styles, and approaches, from Willem de Kooning's violent renderings to the muted color field experiments of Mark Rothko. Despite these differences, what remains is a sense of spontaneity, movement, and emotional potency that can easily be introduced into the home. In the form of small accents, like these Painting Pillows, the intensity of Abstract Expressionism is toned down without losing that striking quality that can make any space pop.

1. In The Abstract Dress: $248, Anthropologie | 2. Chooka Women's Abstraction Rain Boot: $33.35-65.55, Amazon.com | 3. Erdem Moe printed silk-satin dress: $860, Net-a-Porter | 4. Matthew Williamson Batik-print wool-blend scarf: $495, Net-a-Porter | 5. Cacharel Printed Drawstring Shorts: $320, La Garconne | 6. "Yellow, Grey, Black" Art Print by Jackson Pollock: $22.99, Art.com | 7. "Kline-esque 2" Painting Pillow: $145, Wary Meyers Decorative Arts  | 8. "de Kooning-esque 1" Painting Pillow: $145, Wary Meyers Decorative Arts | 9. "Cloudy Abstract" Acrylic on Canvas: $1800, Flair Home Collection |

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