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This is Pollock
     

This is Pollock

by Catherine Ingram, Peter Arkle (Illustrator)
 

In 1956 Time magazine referred to Pollock as "Jack the Dripper". His iconic paintings stretch out with the generosity and scale of America's Western landscape where the artist grew up. Pollock said that he painted "out of his conscious": the cathartic dribbled paint reflected his troubled mind.

This book traces Pollock's career and discusses how his loose,

Overview

In 1956 Time magazine referred to Pollock as "Jack the Dripper". His iconic paintings stretch out with the generosity and scale of America's Western landscape where the artist grew up. Pollock said that he painted "out of his conscious": the cathartic dribbled paint reflected his troubled mind.

This book traces Pollock's career and discusses how his loose, individual style was used as a political weapon in the Cold War, representing America as the free, democratic nation. Illustrations simplify the theory and reveal the hidden meaning behind the mesh of painted lines.

This title is appropriate for ages 14 and up

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Eloquent, informative, and amusing." - School Library Journal
Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
The third book in the series by freelance art historian Ingram is a concise account of the life of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912–56). Ingram and Scottish illustrator Arkle portray their subject as a misunderstood victim of a fitful art world, addiction, depression, and other circumstances. The legendary "bad boy" stories about Pollock are not omitted; rather, Ingram recaps and explains the artist's blunders in context, shedding light on some important details about his time, life, and personal affairs (including a formidable mother, an alcoholic father, and a clinical diagnosis of extreme introversion). The author's sensitive perspective is positively augmented by Arkle's youthful, graphic novel-like illustrations, which set this book apart from the many others about the too-brief existence of Pollock. What the title is not is a naïve dramatization. The erudite Ingram sticks to the facts while theorizing that politics and society played a role in both the rise and the downward spiral of the man. VERDICT A refreshing and honest book that implores readers to be sympathetic rather than disdainful of one of American's greatest painters. While historically accurate, theoretical, and critical, this work is not for those looking for dense art history, theory, or criticism.—Jennifer H. Krivickas, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780673462
Publisher:
King, Laurence Publishing
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
This Is... Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
714,545
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Catherine Ingram is a freelance art historian. She obtained a First Class Honours degree at Glasgow University, where she was a Honeyman scholar. After an MA in 19th-century art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Catherine became a graduate scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. After finishing her D.Phil, she was made a Prize Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. Catherine has taught on the MA course at Christie's and lectured at Imperial College, teaching art history to undergraduate scientists.

A native of Scotland, Peter Arkle lives and works in New York. He creates illustrations for books, magazines, and ads for a wide range of clients, including Amnesty International, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Esquire.

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