Jackson Pollock: A Biography

Jackson Pollock: A Biography

by Deborah Solomon
     
 

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Deborah Solomon's biography sets Jackson Pollock in his time and portrays him as a shy, often withdrawn person, full of insecurities and self-doubts, and frequently unable to express himself about his art or its meaning. Solomon interviewed two hundred people who knew Pollock and his work and she has drawn extensively on Pollock's own writings and other personal

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Deborah Solomon's biography sets Jackson Pollock in his time and portrays him as a shy, often withdrawn person, full of insecurities and self-doubts, and frequently unable to express himself about his art or its meaning. Solomon interviewed two hundred people who knew Pollock and his work and she has drawn extensively on Pollock's own writings and other personal papers. She examines the artist's relationships with his family; his wife and fellow artist Lee Krasner; art patron Peggy Guggenheim; the painters Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and many more.

Editorial Reviews

Vanity Fair
The soundest account so far of Pollock's life and career.
Los Angeles Times
The improbable mix of Stanley Kowalski, James Dean and Van Gogh never fails to amaze.
Arts and Antiques - Hilton Kramer
That story has now for the first time been told…in this very good and very sad book.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thomas Hart Benton, famous for his folksy murals, seems an unlikely mentor for an abstract expressionist, yet this engrossing, level-headed biography provides a wonderful glimpse of the shy, rangy Pollock under the tutelage of the tobacco-chewing Missourian in the 1930s. Pollock, we also learn, was ambivalent about his abstract style, at which he arrived after a 16-year search for a vehicle that would accommodate his violent emotions. Solomon, whose first book this is, has unearthed revealing new material: Robert Motherwell's introduction of Pollock to the surrealists in New York in the '40s; Pollock's first exposure to splatter painting in Mexican muralist David Siqueiros's workshop; his encounter with Jungian therapy and experiments with homeopathy. The author analyzes Lee Krasner, Pollock's long-suffering wife, as an important painter in her own rightcontradicting those biographers who maintain that she sacrificed herself to her husband's career. Photos not seen by PW. (August 12)
Library Journal
American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) has been the subject of several biographies. Unlike Elizabeth Frank's Jackson Pollock ( LJ 2/1/84) or B. H. Friedman's Jackson Pollock (1972), it is intended for the general reader with an interest in art; yet it has greater coherence than Jeffrey Potter's To a Violent Grave ( LJ 12/l/85). Pollack's life among New York's avant-garde, highly publicized creations, and violent death are part of modern art lore and legend. Along with the artistic struggle to find the style that was his, Pollock's problems included alcoholism and mental breakdowns. A concisely written biography; the footnotes indicate solid research. Unfortunately there are no color plates (black-and-white photos not seen). Hara L. Seltzer, NYPL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815411826
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST COOPER
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Solomon is the author of Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell. She lives in New York City.

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