Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism / Edition 1

Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism / Edition 1

by Erika Doss
     
 

In this acclaimed revisionist study, Doss chronicles a historic cultural change in American art from the dominance of regionalism in the 1930s to abstract expressionism in the 1940s. She centers her study on Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Benton's foremost student in the early thirties, charting Pollock's early imitation of Benton's style before his radical… See more details below

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In this acclaimed revisionist study, Doss chronicles a historic cultural change in American art from the dominance of regionalism in the 1930s to abstract expressionism in the 1940s. She centers her study on Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Benton's foremost student in the early thirties, charting Pollock's early imitation of Benton's style before his radical move to abstraction. By situating painting within the evolving sociopolitical and cultural context of the Depression and the Cold War, Doss explains the reasons for this change and casts light on its significance for contemporary culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226159430
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Republicanism and Modernism: The Genesis of Regionalism in The American Historical Epic9
2Liberal Reform and the American Scene: Benton's 1930s Murals67
3Thomas Hart Benton in Hollywood: Regionalist Art and Corporate Patronage147
4Modernist Accommodation, Corporate Appropriation: The Collapse of Regionalism and the New Deal229
5From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism: Modern Art and Consensus Politics in Postwar America311
6The Misconstruction of Abstract Expressionism: Institutional Orthodoxy and Commodification363
Index425

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