Jackson Pollock by B. H. Friedman
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Nowhere is the complex and destructive painter Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) revealed with more compassion and insight than in this exemplary biography. Friedman, a friend of Pollock's and active in the art world, shows him to be a brilliant man tormented by his relationship to his family; an artist who worked hard through years of poverty to achieve his controversial painting technique; the first American painter to gain an international reputation for himself and for what has been variously called Action Painting or Abstract Expressionism; and a man who struggled with alcohol and the tension between gentleness and violence.Newly illustrated with seminal Pollock paintings, this book takes the reader inside the art world of New York during the '40s and '50s, when Action Painting first emerged. Friedman reveals what it meant to Pollock to experience the invasion of his studio and of the very act of painting by the external pressures of shows, reviews, films, dealers, critics, hostile publicity; and how, despite it all, Pollock created many of the most graceful and powerful paintings ever made in America.
 

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Published January 1, 1972 by McGraw-Hill. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Flashing back from his own first meeting with the artist -- Pollock drunk and near the end of his tether, insulting the author's irreproachable art collection -- he tracks Pollock's emergence from the Wyoming farm family that improbably produced five artists, the drinking begun in his teens as a ...

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The Gutai group of postwar Japanese conceptual artists not only made radical abstract paintings with their hands and feet;

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Within days of his death, ‘the widow Pollock’, as Krasner became known, began aggressively to assert her claims to both the work (much to the chagrin of the Pollock family, she made sure she became the sole beneficiary of Pollock’s will) and the man, massaging the legend into a more palatable shape.

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Friedman's 1972 illustrated biography of the tormented and controversial Abstract Expressionist includes a new foreword by the author.

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