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The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism

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A free-spirited wave of creative energy swept through the San Francisco art community after World War II. Challenging accepted modes of painting, Abstract Expressionists produced highly experimental works that jolted the public out of its postwar complacency. Susan Landauer's comprehensive examination of this dynamic movement provides the first clear picture of the artists and influences that came together in San Francisco's invigorating world of Abstract Expressionism.

Landauer argues that Abstract Expressionism resulted from a broad collective impulse rather than the inspiration of a small band of New York artists. Documenting the interchanges between the East and West Coasts, she cites areas of mutual influence and shows the impact of San Francisco on the New York School, including artists such as Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt. San Francisco's Beat poets, Dixieland jazz musicians, and the area's stunning vistas were essential parts of Abstract Expressionism, as were artistic and spiritual contacts with Asia.

Under Douglas MacAgy and Clyfford Still, the California School of Fine Arts became the undisputed center of vanguard abstraction on the West Coast. Artists such as Edward Corbett, Jay DeFeo, James Budd Dixon, Frank Lobdell, and Hassel Smith produced gritty, provocative images whose impact extended well beyond California. Landauer also notes the importance of Grace L. McCann Morley, director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, who opened the museum to major Abstract Expressionist figures, and Jermayne MacAgy, who brought local and international artists together.

Enlivened by oral histories, Landauer's book is a rewarding exploration of a vital period in modern art. Richly illustrated with 96 color plates, it celebrates the energy and lasting impact of a special time.

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'The Abstract Expressionism' that swept through San Francisco just after World War II challenged accepted modes of painting with an energetic style that was bold, free-spirited, and highly experimental. In this first comprehensive examination of the movement, Landauer surveys the achievements of a vital group of Abstract Expressionists that paralleled the New York School.

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"This well written, fully researched, and handsomely illustrated volume gives potent new life to artists and ideas nearly lost to American art history. Susan Landauer's enlightening book will play an important role in redefining the post-World War II avant-garde as a national rather than an East Coast phenomenon."—Henry T. Hopkins, University of California, Los Angeles

"This book ranks as one of the more important recent contributions to the history of postwar American art."—Caroline Jones, Boston University

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-256) and index.

About the Author

Susan Landauer is an independent writer and curator living in Oakland, California. Her previous publications include Clyfford Still: The Buffalo and San Francisco Collections (1992) and, with Janice Driesbach, Obata's Yosemite (1993). Dore Ashton is Professor of Art History at the Cooper Union in New York. Among her many books is A Fable of Modern Art (California, 1991).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520086111
Introduction:
Ashton, Dore
Introduction:
Ashton, Dore
Author:
Landauer, Susan
Author:
Ashton, Dore
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Painting, american
Subject:
Painting, modern
Subject:
Abstract expressionism
Subject:
School of Fine Arts
Subject:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Abstract expressionism - California -
Subject:
Painting, American -- California.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
First Edition, (A Centennial book) (Published in association with the Laguna Art
Series Volume:
4313
Publication Date:
19960331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
12 x 9 x 0.88 in 49 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 'The Abstract Expressionism' that swept through San Francisco just after World War II challenged accepted modes of painting with an energetic style that was bold, free-spirited, and highly experimental. In this first comprehensive examination of the movement, Landauer surveys the achievements of a vital group of Abstract Expressionists that paralleled the New York School.
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"This well written, fully researched, and handsomely illustrated volume gives potent new life to artists and ideas nearly lost to American art history. Susan Landauer's enlightening book will play an important role in redefining the post-World War II avant-garde as a national rather than an East Coast phenomenon."—Henry T. Hopkins, University of California, Los Angeles

"This book ranks as one of the more important recent contributions to the history of postwar American art."—Caroline Jones, Boston University

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