Native American Art and the New York Avant-Garde: A History of Cultural Primitivism

Native American Art and the New York Avant-Garde: A History of Cultural Primitivism

by W. Jackson Rushing
     
 

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Library Journal
Doctoral theses in their original form rarely make interesting and usable books, and it's a pity that the editors didn't distill this clumsily written and intellectually flabby thesis into a more cogent text. The discussion, which concentrates on paintings by artists of European descent representing scenes of Native American life and abstractions with overt or putative Native American iconography, is marred by unsupported assertions such as the statement that Jackson Pollock could have seen rock art because he went camping in the Mojave Desert. The repeated use of the phrase no doubt only raises doubts in the mind of the reader. Without a broader discussion of the influence of African, prehistoric European, and Oceanic motifs on primitivism and modern art, the contribution of Native American art seems overstated. Not recommended.-David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292755475
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
American Studies Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.29(h) x 0.93(d)

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