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This book locates the man and the artist in the continuum of his times, recreating the social and cultural milieu of New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Pollock's early years are chronicled, from his birth in the Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming, in 1912, through his prophetically troubled school years, marked by repeated expulsions, to his arrival in New York and periods of rewarding study with Thomas Hart Benton, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Stanley William Hayter.
With extensive knowledge of Pollock's habits (much of it gained through interviews), of his reading, his conversation, the exhibitions he visited, the author retraces many of the far-flung sources of Pollock's work - African sculpture; North American totems; the Mexican gods of Siqueiros, Orozco, and Tamayo; arcane texts favored by the Surrealists; Egyptian necrology. A wealth of comparative photographs, illustrating paintings by artists Pollock admired, further explains his work
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Ellen G. Landau is Associate Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University.From Library Journal:
The role of art historian as biographer is beset with contradictions, an artist's life and art being neither mutually exclusive nor synonymous. Balanced in his life on the edge of destruction and in his art on that of innovation, Pollock mirrored a chaotic world, one in which humans seemed to have lost control. Less gossipy than Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith's Jackson Pollock ( LJ 8/89), this book treats Pollock's personal life, creative work, and cultural milieu as discrete elements that produce a gradually developing image, not always in accord with the public's view of Pollock as rebellious cowboy or counterculture loner. Pollock was the major force behind the transfer of avant-garde art from France to the United States and the American idiom in which it was expressed. This "American Prometheus" is well served by this elegantly illustrated, carefully annotated, and well-written work. Recommended for all art libraries and large general collections.
- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Book Description Thames & Hudson, 2005. Gut/Very good: Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit wenigen Gebrauchsspuren an Einband, Schutzumschlag oder Seiten. / Describes a book or dust jacket that does show some signs of wear on either the binding, dust jacket or pages. Seller Inventory # M00500285845-V
Book Description Thames & Hudson, 26.09.2005., 2005. Condition: Sehr gut. Auflage: New edition. 284 Seiten Buchrücken oben ist leicht gestaucht, kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 445162 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 1510 29,4 x 25,4 x 2,0 cm, Taschenbuch. Seller Inventory # 137868