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Jackson Pollockby Ellen G. Landau
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How did Jackson Pollock become a cult figure for the Beat Generation? And what caused his reputation to continue to soar? This compelling and original Abrams classic, now back in print, locates the artist in the continuum of his times, recreating the social and cultural milieu of New York in the 1940s and 1950s. With extensive knowledge of Pollockand#8217;s habits (much of it gained through interviews), his reading, his conversation, and the exhibitions he visited, the author retraces many of the far-flung sources of Pollockand#8217;s work. A wealth of comparative photographs that illustrate paintings by artists Pollock admired further explains the work of this complex, tragic, and immeasurably influential figure. Pollockand#8217;s big, bold canvases are reproduced in five colors to convey the brilliance of his network of tones, his aluminum paint, and his sparkling collage materials. Six gatefolds show his vast horizontal works without distortion and a chronology provides a summary of the major events of Pollockand#8217;s life.
A remarkably fresh look at Pollock's life and work.
Ellen G. Landau's compelling and original book, now published in an affordable paperback edition, covers the life and work of this complex, tragic, and immeasurably influential figure in modern art. More than 100 of Pollock's big, bold canvases are reproduced in glorious color, including six gatefolds that show his vast horizontal works without distortion. Every lover of American art, every lover of great art, will enjoy this gorgeous volume, the definitive work on a painter who revolutionized the world of art.
Jackson Pollock (1912andndash;1956) was one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the 20th century. This fully illustrated book accompanies the first exhibition in over three decades of a crucial phase of his work referred to as the Black Pourings. This controversial body of black enamel and oil paintings, which were exceptional in their absolute merging of color and surface, are accompanied here by drawings that are regarded as his most important and productive. A number of virtually unknown and rarely seen sculptures are also included, illuminating Pollockandrsquo;s experimentations with space, density, and figuration. Accompanying a major exhibition and including insightful essays by a team of scholars, this book reveals a less-known aspect of Pollockandrsquo;s work.
Piet Mondrianandrsquo;s rigorously geometric paintings in primary colors are icons of the 20th century that had a powerful impact on popular taste in art and design. This volume brings together more than 230 superb paintings with documentary images from the artistandrsquo;s life. The less-well-known work that Mondrian did in the 30 years before his breakthrough to abstractionandmdash;especially his landscape and fl ower paintingsandmdash;is remarkably beautiful, and to see it arranged chronologically is to enter the mind of an artist who is constantly looking for the next step that will take him from traditional realism to a universal vision of color and form. The book includes rare photographs of Mondrianandrsquo;s studios in Paris and New York City as well as reproductions of more than 1,000 known works of Mondrianandrsquo;s in black and white.
About the Author
Ellen G. Landau is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, where she has taught since 1982. She is also the author of Lee Krasner: A Catalogue Reaisonne, Reading Abstract Expressionism, and Artists for Victory, as well as many articles on twentieth-century American art.
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