action painting

noun

Definition of action painting 

: abstract expressionism marked especially by the use of spontaneous techniques (such as dribbling, splattering, or smearing)

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Regardless, this action painted the pair in the worst light. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo have saved his job if he handled Twittergate differently, throwing his wife under the bus? | Marcus Hayes," 9 June 2018 In a bid to build trust with users, the $13 billion social-media giant has pledged over and over to increase its transparency, but its actions paint a different picture. vanityfair.com, "Jack Dorsey’s Week from Hell Gets Worse," 13 Oct. 2017 In a bid to build trust with users, the $13 billion social-media giant has pledged over and over to increase its transparency, but its actions paint a different picture. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Jack Dorsey’s Week from Hell Gets Worse," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of action painting

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of action painting was in 1952

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