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Benton, Pollock and the Politics of Modernism
Author: Erika Doss

ISBN: 9780226159430
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 17 December 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.0 x 2.6
Description:
In this acclaimed revisionist study, Erika Doss chronicles an historic cultural change in American art from the dominance of regionalism in the 1930s to abstract expressionism in the 1940s. She centers her study on Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Benton's foremost student in the early thirties, charting Pollock's early imitation of Benton's style before his radical move to abstraction. By situating painting within the evolving sociopolitical and cultural context of the Depression and the Cold War, Doss explains the reasons for this change and casts light on its significance for contemporary culture.

"A welcome addition to the growing body of literature that deals with the art and culture of the depression and cold war eras. It is a pioneering work that makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of a puzzling conundrum of American art--the shift from regionalism to abstract expressionism."--M. Sue Kendall, Winterthur Portfolio

"An important scholarly contribution. . . . This book will stand as a step along the way to a better understanding of the most amazing trans...

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