If you have been to Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s Abstract Expressionism exhibition which gathers over 130 paintings, sculptures, and photographs from public and private collections across the world, and masterpieces by Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Aaron Siskind, David Smith, and Clyfford Still, you should take Whitney Museum’s “Fast Forward: Painting From the 1980s.” as the next step.

The American painting in the 1980s, more often referred to as Neo-Expressionism is a dark phenomenon that a few museums had the guts to explore. On Friday, Jan. 27, we have bowed with great respect for Whitney Museum of American Art’s new exhibition: “Fast Forward: Painting From the 1980s.” 

This show encompasses 37 artists represented by 41 works from the museum’s own collection. The works are mostly paintings but there are also some drawings and prints. Thematically speaking, we should expect an overdose of Neo-Expressionism, lots of abstraction, walls and walls of graffiti, feminism at its best, pop and works that best represent these from stars such as Julian Schnabel, David Salle and Kenny Scharf.

The idea of “more austere, unemotional and geometric the better” that was dominant in 1970s’ New York was washed away by painters like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring whose works you’ll have the chance to witness until May 14.