Alan Gussow: A Painter's Nature

Alan Gussow: A Painter's Nature

by Martica Sawin
     
 

Alan Gussow (1931-1997) was at the forefront of a generation of American artists who extended the reach of abstract expressionism through an inventive blend of abstraction and realism. The youngest American to win the Prix de Rome, his career spanned nearly 50 years. Gussow's work is consistently provocative, poetic, and profound; an art of international

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Alan Gussow (1931-1997) was at the forefront of a generation of American artists who extended the reach of abstract expressionism through an inventive blend of abstraction and realism. The youngest American to win the Prix de Rome, his career spanned nearly 50 years. Gussow's work is consistently provocative, poetic, and profound; an art of international consequence ripe with cultural and environmental insights rooted in a beautifully refined aesthetic vision. This volume, with detailed text by Martica Sawin and more than 250 color plates, surveys Gussow's career, considers his most important works, and includes many oils, pastels, and watercolors published for the first time. Martica Sawin, a noted art historian and close friend of Gussow's, is uniquely positioned to illuminate his life not only as an artist, but also as an environmentalist, curator, essayist, teacher and political activist.

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Library Journal
In this book, beautifully illustrated with more than 250 color plates, Sawin (Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School) surveys the career and important works of Alan Gussow (1931–97), her close friend and a distinguished American artist. As an artist, curator, environmentalist, essayist, and teacher, Gussow spanned a career of more than 40 years; he was the youngest American to win a Prix de Rome fellowship. Known primarily as a landscape painter, Gussow applied the techniques of the abstract expressionists and action painters of the New York School yet remained independent of their ideologies. His provocative, profound, and poetic masterpieces inventively blend abstraction and realism to create new visual forms that reflect his interactions with natural environments and capture his sensory experiences. The first to set forth the artist's important achievements, this book includes full-page color plates of oils, pastels, and watercolors (many published for the first time), a detailed chronology, and a list of paintings. VERDICT Of interest to general readers, students, scholars, museum professionals, and others, this insightful, significant, and well-documented publication is highly recommended.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555953089
Publisher:
Hudson Hills Press
Publication date:
07/25/2009
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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