Pollock and After: Critical Debate / Edition 2

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Pollock and After: The Critical Debate brings together key writings on debates about Abstract Expressionism and Modernist art history. It is an essential resource for understanding post-war American art and culture. The second edition has been fully revised and updated in response to new critical approaches to post-war American art. It includes nine new articles and a substantial overview essay by Francis Frascina.
Articles are grouped into three parts, each with an introduction by Francis Frascina. Part One includes two foundational articles by the influential Modernist critic, Clement Greenberg, and represents the debate about Greenberg's work, with contributions by T.J. Clark and Michael Fried. Part Two focuses on revisionist writers, who questioned established ideas about Modernist art history, examining the relationship between Abstract Expressionism and the politics of McCarthyism and the Cold War.
The third part, which is new to the volume, is devoted to recent developments of revisionist critiques. Contributors explore the work of Greenberg's contemporaries, the relationship between critical and commercial responses to Abstract Expressionism, and perceptions of cultural value in the 1940s and 1950s, and challenge assumptions about ethnicity, gender and sexuality in the construction of the 'post-war American artist'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415228671
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,565,055
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Frascina is John Raven Professor of Visual Arts at Keele University. His publications include: Art, Politics and Dissent: Aspects of the Art Left in Sixties America (Manchester University Press 1999), (co-editor with with Jonathan Harris) Art in Modern Culture: An Anthology of Critical Texts (Phaidon 1992), and (co-editor with Paul Wood, Jonathan Harris and Charles Harrison) Modernism in Dispute: Art Since the Forties (Yale University Press 1993).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Preface xi
Looking Forward, Looking Back: 1985-1999 1
Part 1 The critical debate and its origins
Introduction (1985) 29
1 Avant-Garde and Kitsch 48
2 Towards a Newer Laocoon 60
3 Clement Greenberg's Theory of Art 71
4 How Modernism Works: a Response to T. J. Clark 87
5 Arguments About Modernism: a Reply to Michael Fried 102
Part 2 History: representation and misrepresentation--the case of abstract expressionism: Revisionism in the 1970s and early 1980s
Introduction (1985) 113
6 American Painting During the Cold War 130
7 Abstract Expressionism, Weapon of the Cold War 147
8 Art and Politics in Cold War America 155
9 Abstract Expressionism: the Politics of Apolitical Painting 181
10 The New Adventures of the Avant-Garde in America 197
11 Avant-Gardes and Partisans Reviewed 211
Part 3 Revisionism revisited
Introduction (1999) 229
12 Abstract Expressionism, Automatism and the Age of Automation 234
13 Action, Revolution and Painting 261
14 The Market for Abstract Expressionism: the Time Lag Between Critical and Commercial Acceptance 288
15 Revisiting the Revisionists: the Modern, Its Critics, and the Cold War 294
16 Abstract Expressionism: Other Politics 307
17 Pollock and Krasner: Script and Postscript 329
18 Reframing Abstract Expressionism: Gender and Subjectivity 348
19 Greenberg on Pollock 361
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