Abstract Expressionism is arguably the most important art
movement in postwar America. Many of its creators and critics
became celebrities, participating in heated public debates that
were published in newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues.
This up-to-date anthology is the first comprehensive collection of
key critical writings about Abstract Expressionism from its
inception in the 1940s to the present day.
Ellen G. Landau's masterful introduction presents and analyzes the
major arguments and crucial points of view that have surrounded the
movement decade by decade. She then offers a selection of readings,
also organized by decade, including influential statements by such
artists as Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and
Barnett Newman as well as the commentary of diverse critics.
Offering new insights into the development of Abstract
Expressionism, this rich anthology also demonstrates the ongoing
impact of this revolutionary and controversial movement.
Reading Abstract Expressionism is essential for the
library of any curator, scholar, or student of twentieth-century
Subjects: Art & Art History
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