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The New York school; a cultural reckoning.

Author: Dore Ashton
Publisher: New York, Viking Press [1973, ©1972]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the emergence of Abstract Expressionism after World War II, the attention of the international art world turned from Paris to New York. Dore Ashton captures the vitality of the cultural milieu in which the New York School artists worked and argued and critiqued each other's work from the 1930s to the 1950s. Working from unsifted archives, from contemporary newspapers and books, and from extensive conversations  Read more...
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Ashton, Dore.
New York school.
New York, Viking Press [1973, ©1972]
(OCoLC)643566974
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dore Ashton
ISBN: 0670509124 9780670509126 0670003689 9780670003686
OCLC Number: 665192
Notes: Published in 1972 under title: The life and times of the New York school.
Description: x, 246 pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: Greenwich Village- and Depression --
'Hell, it's not just about painting!' --
Artists and the New Deal --
A farrago of theories --
Studio talk --
The advent of Surrealism --
Voices from Europe --
Myth and metamorphosis --
American culture or mass culture? --
Abstract Expressionism --
Artists and dealers --
Existentialism --
The Eighth-street club --
'Instantaneous tradition' --
The end of an era.
Other Titles: Life and times of the New York school

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With the emergence of Abstract Expressionism after World War II, the attention of the international art world turned from Paris to New York. Dore Ashton captures the vitality of the cultural milieu in which the New York School artists worked and argued and critiqued each other's work from the 1930s to the 1950s. Working from unsifted archives, from contemporary newspapers and books, and from extensive conversations with the men and women who participated in the rise of the New York School, Ashton provides a rich cultural and intellectual history of this period. In examining the complex sources of this important movement--from the WPA program of the 1930s and the influx of European ideas to the recognition in the 1950s of American painting on an international scale--she conveys the concerns of an extraordinary group of artists including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Philip Guston, Barnett Newman, Arshile Gorky, and many others. Rare documentary photographs illustrate Ashton's classic appraisal of the New York School scene.

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