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Edited by Norman L. Kleeblatt, with essays by Debra Bricker Balken, Morris Dickstein, Douglas Dreishpoon, Charlotte Eyerman, Mark Godfrey, Caroline A. Jones, Norman L. Kleeblatt and Irving Sandler
Cultural timeline by Maurice Berger
The abstract paintings of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Lee Krasner, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler and others revolutionized the art world in the 1940s and 1950s and continue to inspire passionate arguments to this day. Who were the critical voices that rallied public interest in Abstract Expressionism and sparked rancorous debate?
Drawing on recent critical, historical and biographical work, this lavishly illustrated book offers a sharp new focus on a pivotal art movement. It also presents an extensive commentary on the two most influential critics of postwar American art—Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg—whose powerful views shaped perceptions of Abstract Expressionism and other contemporary art movements. Norman L. Kleeblatt's essay traces the influence of Abstract Expressionism into the mid-1970s. Other essays chronicle the literary and intellectual culture of New York during that period, an analysis of sculpture and representation, and a discussion of Jewish issues in relation to post-war American art. In addition, the book contains a magisterial essay by eminent critic Irving Sandler and a copiously illustrated cultural timeline by Maurice Berger.