Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique

Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique

by Ellen G. Landau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300106130

ISBN-13: 9780300106138

Pub. Date: 05/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press


Abstract Expressionism is arguably the most important art movement in postwar America. Many of its creators and critics became celebrities, participating in heated public debates that were published in newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. This up-to-date anthology is the first comprehensive collection of key critical writings about Abstract…  See more details below

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Abstract Expressionism is arguably the most important art movement in postwar America. Many of its creators and critics became celebrities, participating in heated public debates that were published in newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. This up-to-date anthology is the first comprehensive collection of key critical writings about Abstract Expressionism from its inception in the 1940s to the present day.

Ellen G. Landau’s masterful introduction presents and analyzes the major arguments and crucial points of view that have surrounded the movement decade by decade. She then offers a selection of readings, also organized by decade, including influential statements by such artists as Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman as well as the commentary of diverse critics. Offering new insights into the development of Abstract Expressionism, this rich anthology also demonstrates the ongoing impact of this revolutionary and controversial movement.

Reading Abstract Expressionism is essential for the library of any curator, scholar, or student of twentieth-century art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106138
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
716
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.04(h) x 2.27(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : abstract expressionism : changing methodologies for interpreting meaning1
The 1940s : mythologizing the movement
Excerpt from letter to his sister Vartoosh125
Excerpt from "Art in New York"125
Excerpts from "The modern painter's world"129
A questionnaire132
Thesis133
Application for a Guggenheim Fellowship135
The ideographic picture135
The sublime is now137
My painting139
The romantics were prompted140
Excerpts from System and dialectics of art142
Excerpt from "The realm of art : a new platform; 'globalism' pops into view"146
Excerpt from "Whither goes abstract and surrealist art?150
A problem for critics152
Editorial preface153
The intrasubjectives154
The 1950s : establishing authority
Excerpts from artists' sessions at Studio 35159
David Smith makes a sculpture165
Statement171
de Kooning paints a picture172
Artist's statement180
The legacy of Jackson Pollock181
In the galleries : Franz Kline188
The American action painters189
"American-type painting"198
Excerpts from "The liberating quality of avant-garde art"215
International reaction to Alfred H. Barr Jr., "The new American painting"220
Revista220
La Libre Belgique221
Le Phare221
Der Tagesspiegel222
The 1960s : consolidating the canon
The unwanted title : abstract expressionism229
We interview Lee Krasner236
The abstract sublime239
Excerpts from American abstract expressionists and imagists245
The biomorphic '40s250
Jackson Pollock256
Concerning the beginnings of the New York School, 1939-1943 : an interview with Peter Busa and Matta, conducted in Minneapolis in December 1966263
Concerning the beginnings of the New York School, 1939-1943 : an interview with Robert Motherwell conducted in New York in January 1967276
The 1970s : emerging contexts and closer readings
Jungian aspects of Jackson Pollock's imagery293
Residual sign systems in abstract expressionism313
Robert Motherwell's Elegies to the Spanish Republic324
Excerpt from "Abstract expressionism : the politics of apolitical painting," part 3338
Graham, Gorky, de Kooning and the "Ingres revival" in America346
Symbolic pregnance in Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still361
The 1980s : reading new significations
The new adventures of the avant-garde in America : Greenberg, Pollock, or from Trotskyism to the New Liberalism of the "vital center"383
James Joyce and the first generation New York School399
The market for abstract expressionism : the time lag between critical and commercial acceptance415
The impact of Nietzsche and Northwest Coast Indian art on Barnett Newman's idea of redemption in the abstract sublime422
The rhetoric of abstract expressionism442
1990s : re(de)fining abstract expressionism
Martha Graham and abstract expressionism489
"Introduction," "Abstract expressionism and Afro-American marginalisation," and "Dissent during the McCarthy period"510
Modern man discourse and the New York School527
In defense of abstract expressionism535
Reconsidering the stain : on gender, identity, and New York School painting560
Of the earth, the damned, and of the recreated : aspects of Clyfford Still's earlier work580
Excerpt from "Water and lipstick : de Kooning in transition"594
Barnett Newman's stripe paintings and Kabbalah : a Jewish take615
Arcadian nightmares : the evolution of David Smith and Dorothy Dehner's work at Bolton Landing625
The crisis of the easel picture645

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