Milton Avery: The Late Paintings

Milton Avery: The Late Paintings

by Robert Carleton Hobbs
     
 

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Milton Avery's late paintings, created between 1947 and 1963, stand at the nexus of figurative modernism and Abstract Expressionism. Frequently viewed as the last of the great American figurative painters, Avery (1893-1965), as this book argues, provides a key to understanding the artists of the second half of the American century. This volume, originally created to… See more details below

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Milton Avery's late paintings, created between 1947 and 1963, stand at the nexus of figurative modernism and Abstract Expressionism. Frequently viewed as the last of the great American figurative painters, Avery (1893-1965), as this book argues, provides a key to understanding the artists of the second half of the American century. This volume, originally created to accompany the first exhibition of Avery's art since the popular 1982 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art; is the first book on Avery in almost two decades. A 1958 essay by the seminal critic Clement Greenberg provides a valuable period context, while the new text by Robert Hobbs includes an insightful connection between Avery's painting and the lyrical modernism of Wallace Stevens's poetry, which will intrigue lovers of American poetry as well as American art.

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Publishers Weekly
Invitingly quirky and rich in subtle hues, the landscapes and other canvases of Milton Avery (1885-1965) made him America's closest approach to Matisse. Avery's 1982 retrospective drew crowds and rave reviews, but his reputation has fallen: Was he too pretty? Was he apolitical? Milton Avery: The Late Paintings aims to restore his prestige, with big, handsome plates of his work (87 images, 52 in color). Intelligent text by curator Robert Hobbs links Avery's oeuvre to 1950s trends, to Ober-critic Clement Greenberg and to the poet Wallace Stevens; Hobbs also reprints Greenberg's own essay on Avery. The corresponding exhibit arrives at the Milwaukee Art Museum in November, and then moves to West Palm Beach, Fla. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810942745
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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