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Action Painting

A style of nonrepresentational painting that relies on the physical movement of the artist in using such gestural techniques as vigorous brushwork, dripping, and pouring. Dynamism is often created through the interlaced directions of the paint. A subcategory of Abstract Expressionism. Action Paintings are generally dynamic and spontaneous artworks, where the artist creates the piece with gestural movements - splashing or dribbling, with no preconceived notion of its outcome.

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