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Benton, Pollock and the Politics of Modernism : From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism - Erika Doss

Benton, Pollock and the Politics of Modernism

From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism

Paperback Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780226159430
Number Of Pages: 446

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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 transition in the art of our tumultuous century."--James G. Rogers, Jr., Art Journal

"A valuable and interesting book that restores continuity and political context to the decades of depression and war."--Marlene Park, American Historical Review

List of Illustrations
Republicanism and Modernism: The Genesis of Regionalism in The American Historical Epic
Liberal Reform and the American Scene: Benton's 1930s Murals
Thomas Hart Benton in Hollywood: Regionalist Art and Corporate Patronage
Modernist Accommodation, Corporate Appropriation: The Collapse of Regionalism and the New Deal
From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism: Modern Art and Consensus Politics in Postwar America
The Misconstruction of Abstract Expressionism: Institutional Orthodoxy and Commodification
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ISBN: 9780226159430
ISBN-10: 0226159434
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 1st January 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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