Jackson Pollock: An American Saga

Jackson Pollock: An American Saga

by Steven Naifeh, Gregory W. Smith




Based on family letters and documents, lengthy interviews with his widow, Lee Krasner, as well as his psychologists and psychoanalysts, this book explodes the myths surrounding his death in 1956.

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ISBN-13: 9780913391198
Publisher: Woodward/White, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Pages: 934
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.27(h) x 2.00(d)

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Jackson Pollock: An American Saga 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kambrogi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First published in 1989, this Pulitzer Prize winner and onetime bestseller is the ultimate biography of a famous tortured soul. And it¿s a fantastic read, too. Taking what I call ¿the Michener approach,¿ the authors leave no stone unturned in their quest to explore and explain Jackson Pollock. They begin with the migrations of his ancestors to the new world, and include the fruits of nine years of research, over 800 interviews and a vast bibliography of other works on the artist, his family, his times, and his fellow artists. Even at 800 pages, not counting another 100 pages of annotations and appendices, I had difficulty putting the thing down. The story is not only a thrilling saga of family and art, and a sad tale of a genius vs. madness, but it¿s also a fascinating picture of an American art world finally finding its identity outside the shadow of Europe. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author captures the life of an individual who seemed unable to find his security in life, either personally or artistically. The book demonstrates that he never honestly faced his own weaknesses and strengths,and it is compelling reading, though it is brutally honest.