Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976

Action/Abstraction

Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976

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ISBN10: 0300122152 ISBN13: 9780300122152 Contributors: Berger, Maurice (Contributor); Balken, Debra Bricker (Contributor); Dickstein, Morris (Contributor) Publisher: Yale Univ Pr Published: May 19 2008 Pages: 332 Weight: 5.42lbs. Height: 12.50" Width: 10.25" Depth: 1.25" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English

Publisher's Comments

The abstract paintings of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Lee Krasner, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, and others revolutionized the art world in the 1940s and 1950s and continue to inspire passionate arguments to this day. What were these artiststrying to achieve? Who were the critical voices of the time that rallied public interest in Abstract Expressionism and sparked rancorous debate? Drawing on recent critical, historical, and biographical work, this lavishly illustrated book offers a sharp new focus on a pivotal art movement. It also presents an extensive commentary on the two most influential critics of postwar American artClement Greenberg and Harold Rosenbergwhose powerful views shaped perceptionsof AbstractExpressionism and other contemporary art movements. In one essay, Norman L. Kleeblatt traces the influence of Abstract Expressionism into the mid-1970s and examines its connection to subsequent art styles. Other essays range fromthe literary and intellectual culture of New York during that period and an analysis of sculpture and representation to a discussion of Jewish issues in relation to postwar American Art. In addition, the book features a magisterial essay by eminent critic Irving Sandler and a copiously illustrated cultural timeline by Maurice Berger."

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