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Picasso and American Artby Michael Fitzgerald
Synopses & Reviews
Many American artists throughout the 20th century designated Pablo Picasso as the central figure of the modern movement and defined their own artistic achievements through their absorption, critique, or rejection of his example. Picasso and American Art is a groundbreaking publication juxtaposing works by Picasso with the paintings, sculptures, and drawings created in response by an extremely diverse group of his contemporaries and successors, including Max Weber, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and#160;Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns.
Based on extensive research, Michael FitzGeraldand#8217;s text provides valuable new information on the fundamental role that Picasso played in the development of modern American art--both through his friendships with individual artists and through the dissemination of his evolving work. This book also documents, for the first time, the accessibility of Picassoand#8217;s work in the United States between 1911 and 1957 in exhibitions, collections, and publications through a comprehensive chronology.
This unique book is essential for anyone interested in either Picasso or American art of the 20th century.
"This work is a marvelous, carefully-researched study of Picasso's influence on some of the most significant American artists of the 20th century. Fitzgerald moves chronologically, from the earliest Americans who engaged cubism in the teens (Max Weber, Mardsen Hartley, Man Ray, Stuart Davis), through the modernist investigations of Arshile Gorky, Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollack, and winds up with Roy Lichtenstien's pop-art and Jasper Johns' postmodern responses to Picasso. Fitzgerald takes great pains to triangulate exhibition specifics with the work and words of each artist to document the precise nature and extent of the influence in each case. And because the story of Picasso's influence is intertwined with the gradual acceptance of modern art in America, the book also touches on events leading to the foundation of MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as their development during the decades during and after WWII. The essays here are excellent, filled with rich detail and sustained consideration of each artist; and despite the sophistication of the analysis, Fitzgerald avoids overly-technical or hyper-academic prose, which will make the book accessible to more than just art historians and cultural critics. There is a generous supply of images presented with the text, and they are as successful as Fitzgerald's prose in illuminating the complexities of Picasso's influence on these artists. Both as an exhibition guide and a coffee table book, this volume is outstanding and will appeal to those looking to learn more about these artists or who simply wish have a handsome volume to look at and display." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
The exhibition, ten years in the planning, opens in Fall 2006 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, and will travel to several venues. To structure the exhibit, which focuses on Picasso's impact in a country where he never set foot, curator FitzGerald notes in his introduction that he included only American artists who took up Picasso's art before his death in 1973, and that much is based on a chronology (prepared by Julia May Boddewyn) identifying which works entered this country and when they were seen. The book measures 10x12.25" and contains 150 color illustrations and 150 b&w; some are works by Picasso, and others are by nine artists deeply engaged with him: Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Max Weber. In addition, works by American artists inspired to a somewhat lesser degree by Picasso are included: Louise Bourgeois, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Lee Krasner, and Andy Warhol, among others. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This groundbreaking publication juxtaposes works by Picasso with the paintings, sculptures, and drawings created in response by an extremely diverse group of his contemporaries and successors, including Max Weber, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns.
About the Author
Michael FitzGerald is associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and author of Picasso: The Artistand#8217;s Studio, also published by Yale University Press. Julia May Boddewyn is curator of a private art collection in New York.
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