variants or Ab Ex
: abstract expressionism
If Abstract Expressionism was a response to a world out of balance, Minimalism was a response to Ab Ex, replacing self-expression with intellectual analysis …Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5 Aug. 2009
ab-ex adjective
or Ab-Ex
By the end of the 1940s Ab-Ex painters were turning out oversized canvases with the energy, zeal and heroism to be found only in post-World War II America. Robert Goff, Forbes, 4 May 1998

Word History


by shortening

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ab-ex was in 1973

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“Ab-ex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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