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House by the Railroad, by US painter Edward Hopper, introduces a new style of urban realism       
American naïve painter Grandma Moses has her first exhibition in a local drug store at the age of 78      
A new style of American painting, involving artists such as Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, is given the name Abstract Expressionism       
US artist Jackson Pollock's drip paintings cause a stir in New York      
US abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning exhibits his series Women nos I-VI, on which he has been working since 1938       
Andy Warhol creates a stir when his paintings of Campbell's soup cans are exhibited at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles        
An exhibition in New York, 'The Responsive Eye', puts op art on the map       
Leading New York Graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat dies of an overdose       
2012  May 22
A pastel version of Edvard Munch's The Scream sells for US $120 million, by far the record for any work of art