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Ben Shahn : an artist's life

Author: Howard Greenfeld; Ben Shahn
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Ben Shahn's presence as an artist through several decades of American life was as pervasive as that of any other painter of his time. Beginning in the thirties, he created bold and powerful paintings of often controversial subjects, and in particular his portraits of Sacco and Vanzetti caused a storm whenever they were exhibited. After working as an assistant to Diego Rivera on the ill-fated Rockefeller Center
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Greenfeld, Howard.
Ben Shahn.
New York : Random House, ©1998
(OCoLC)607002958
Named Person: Ben Shahn; Ben Shahn
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Greenfeld; Ben Shahn
ISBN: 0679419322 9780679419327 0679783121 9780679783121
OCLC Number: 38048119
Description: xiv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Early Years: Kovno and Vilkomir --
Becoming an American --
A Lithographer: From Apprentice to Journeyman --
Education and the National Academy --
First Love --
"Pictures Will Be My Manifesto" --
Obeying the Inner Critic --
The Death of Hymie --
A Turning Point --
Edith Halpert's Gallery, Mrs. Rockefeller's Horse, and De Quincey's "Levana" --
The Summer of 1931 --
The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti --
Hang Shahn! --
The Tom Mooney Series --
Rivera and the Scandal at Rockefeller Center --
Prohibition and Prisons --
Washington, Bernarda Bryson, and a Trip to the South --
Washington: 1935-36 --
Jersey Homesteads --
Photographing Ohio and a New Approach to Art --
The Bronx Mural and a Fight over Walt Whitman --
Moving to Jersey Homesteads, Tillie Alone, and a One-Man Show --
The Washington Mural --
The OWI and the War That Refreshes --
CIO-PAC: A Crusade, Not a Committee --
A Return to Painting --
1947: The MOMA Retrospective --
Fame, a Mine Disaster, and the Hickman Family --
Social Realism to Personal Realism --
Beginning of a Witch-hunt --
A Premature Biography and a Premature Death --
Integrity and Commercial Art --
The Teacher --
Black Mountain --
The 1950s --
The FBI, HUAC, and the Blacklist --
Shahn at Harvard, and at Roosevelt, a Place to Come Back To --
The Far East, France, and a Spiritually Enriching Project --
Shahn and Fawcus: An Uneasy Relationship --
"The Old Master Is Masterly": The Lucky Dragon --
The Termination of a Dealer-Artist Relationship --
The Family Man --
The Death of an Artist.
Responsibility: Howard Greenfeld.
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Ben Shahn's presence as an artist through several decades of American life was as pervasive as that of any other painter of his time. Beginning in the thirties, he created bold and powerful paintings of often controversial subjects, and in particular his portraits of Sacco and Vanzetti caused a storm whenever they were exhibited. After working as an assistant to Diego Rivera on the ill-fated Rockefeller Center mural, he began creating his own arresting murals - in Washington, New York, and New Jersey - which are among the finest such works ever painted in this country. He also excelled as a photographer as one of the distinguished group known as the FSA photographers, which included Dorothea Lange and his close friend Walker Evans.

During World War II, he produced some of the most striking end effective propaganda posters, before returning again to painting, always choosing subjects that touched a nerve and were just as often politically powerful. Shahn also entered the world of advertising, but completely on his own terms, and was respected for it. His life was always involved directly with his times, and he was a member of the intellectual community throughout his career, as well as a courageous political activist. His unique, unforgettable work won him shows in museums all over America, including the Museum of Modern Art. Ben Shahn is the first complete life of the artist, and it is illustrated throughout with his photographs, pictures, and paintings.

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