The New York School

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With the emergence of Abstract Expressionism after World War II, the attention of the international art world turned from Paris to New York. Dore Ashton captures the vitality of the cultural milieu in which the New York School artists worked and argued and critiqued each other's work from the 1930s to the 1950s. Working from unsifted archives, from contemporary newspapers and books, and from extensive conversations with the men and women who participated in the rise of the New York School, Ashton provides a rich ...

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With the emergence of Abstract Expressionism after World War II, the attention of the international art world turned from Paris to New York. Dore Ashton captures the vitality of the cultural milieu in which the New York School artists worked and argued and critiqued each other's work from the 1930s to the 1950s. Working from unsifted archives, from contemporary newspapers and books, and from extensive conversations with the men and women who participated in the rise of the New York School, Ashton provides a rich cultural and intellectual history of this period. In examining the complex sources of this important movement--from the WPA program of the 1930s and the influx of European ideas to the recognition in the 1950s of American painting on an international scale--she conveys the concerns of an extraordinary group of artists including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Philip Guston, Barnett Newman, Arshile Gorky, and many others. Rare documentary photographs illustrate Ashton's classic appraisal of the New York School scene.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780670003686
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/2/1973
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dore Ashton is Professor of Art History at The Cooper Union, New York, and the author of many books on modern art.

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Table of Contents

Author's note
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Greenwich Village - and Depression 15
2 'Hell, it's not just about painting!' 20
3 Artists and the New Deal 44
4 A Farrago of Theories 53
5 Studio Talk 75
6 The advent of Surrealism 85
7 Voices from Europe 99
8 Myth and Metamorphosis 114
9 American culture or mass culture? 134
10 Abstract Expressionism 153
11 Artists and Dealers 164
12 Existentialism 174
13 The Eighth-street Club 193
14 'Instantaneous tradition' 209
15 The end of an era 217
Afterword 231
References 235
Index 241
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