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Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism / Edition 2

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Overview

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.
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Most of this material is reprinted from the Fall-Winter 1983-84 issue of the Philosophical forum, vol. XV, nos. 1-2. Walter Benjamin 1892-1940 was a philosopher, aesthetic theorist, and social critic. While famed as a critic, his philosophy has received little attention. These essays attempt to remedy that shortcoming by introducing the central philosophical features of Benjamin's thought. Doss fine arts, U. of Colorado considers the shift in emphasis from regionalism to abstract expressionism during the 1940s, its causes, and the meaning for contemporary culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226159423
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Republicanism and Modernism: The Genesis of Regionalism in The American Historical Epic 9
2 Liberal Reform and the American Scene: Benton's 1930s Murals 67
3 Thomas Hart Benton in Hollywood: Regionalist Art and Corporate Patronage 147
4 Modernist Accommodation, Corporate Appropriation: The Collapse of Regionalism and the New Deal 229
5 From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism: Modern Art and Consensus Politics in Postwar America 311
6 The Misconstruction of Abstract Expressionism: Institutional Orthodoxy and Commodification 363
Index 425
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