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Art in America, 1945-1970 : writings from the age of abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism

Author: Jed Perl
Publisher: New York : Library of America, [New York] : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Random House Inc. : And in Canada by Penguin Random House Canada Ltd. ©2014 [2014]
Series: Library of America, 259.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
An invigorating panorama of art writing from a crucial quarter century, adding vital context with incisive commentaries.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jed Perl
ISBN: 159853310X 9781598533101 9781598533675 1598533673
OCLC Number: 871671175
Description: xxvii, 867 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: My painting / Jackson Pollock --
The romantics were prompted ; Two statements from The tiger's eye / Mark Rothko --
The first man was an artist ; The sublime is now ; Ohio, 1949 / Barnett Newman --
Art of this century / Peggy Guggenheim --
(from) The amazing and invariable Beauford Delaney / Henry Miller --
Introduction to Helen Levitt's A way of seeing / James Agee --
Journals, 1948-50 / Charles Burchfield --
Mondrian, Kleenex, and you / Robert M. Coates --
The Renaissance and order ; What abstract art means to me / Willem de Kooning --
The thirties ; Willem de Kooning ; Katz: collage, cutout, cut-up ; The silence at night ; "At first sight, not Pollock, Kline scared" ; "Alex Katz paints his north window" / Edwin Denby --
Jackson Pollock: the infinite labyrinth / Parker Tyler --
Elie Nadelman: sculptor of the dance / Lincoln Kirstein --
An appreciation / Tennessee Williams --
(from) Evil under the sun / Anton Myrer --
(from) The search for the real in the visual arts / Hans Hofmann --
Review of an exhibition of Willem de Kooning ; The role of nature in modern painting ; "American-type" painting ; Modernist painting / Clement Greenberg --
Statement ; An open letter to an art critic / Clyfford Still --
An alphabetical guide to modern art ; Alphabetical guide no.2 ; Acrostic for Jackson Pollock / Dwight Ripley --
Black or white ; What abstract art means to me / Robert Motherwell --
Robert Motherwell ; Adolph Gottlieb / Weldon Kees --
Reminiscence and reverie / Mark Tobey --
The visionary painting of Morris Graves / Kenneth Rexroth --
Painting in the American grain / William Carlos Williams --
Robert Andrew Parker / Marianne Moore --
(from) Action on West Fifty-Third Street / Dwight Macdonald --
The American action painters ; Parable of American painting ; Evidences ; Mobile, theatrical, active / Harold Rosenberg --
An academy of risk / Mary McCarthy --
A cahier leaf ; Statement ; Four excerpts from a journal / Jack Tworkov --
Joan Mitchell / Irving Sandler --
(from) An emotional memoir of Franz Kline / Fielding Dawson --
(from) The recognitions / William Gaddis --
Introduction to Robert Frank's The Americans / Jack Kerouac --
On Richard Avedon / Truman Capote --
Statement / Aaron Siskind --
Against abstract expressionism / Randall Jarrell --
Excerpts from an unfinished manuscript titled "Art" / John Graham --
Toward meta-form / Alfred Russell --
From the diaries / Joseph Cornell --
What abstract art means to me / Alexander Calder --
(from) The shape of content / Ben Shahn --
(from) A sculptor's world / Isamu Noguchi --
Tapestry / Anni Albers --
The landscape ; The question-what is your hope ; The question-what are your influences- ; "there is something rather noble about junk" ; Dream / David Smith --
Four soldiers; a sculpture in iron by David Smith / Howard Nemerov --
An artist's words ; On the creative process ; Form / Louise Bourgeois --
Piero della Francesca: the impossibility of painting ; Faith, hope and Impossibility / Philip Guston --
Philip Guston: the last painter ; Give my regards to Eighth Street / Morton Feldman --
Abstract art refuses ; Art-as-art / Ad Reinhardt --
Harry Callahan: a note ; John Chamberlain ; On the road: notes on artists and poets 1950-1965 / Robert Creeley --
Pure paints a picture : Painting a portrait of the President / Elaine de Kooning --
The liberating quality of avant-garde art ; On the humanity of abstract painting / Meyer Schapiro --
The creative act ; Apropos of "Readymades" / Marcel Duchanp --
Statement ; From the journals, 1952 / Grace Hartigan --
Why I am not a painter ; David Smith: the color of steel ; Art chronicle I ; Larry Rivers: a memoir / Frank O'Hara --
Life among the stones / Larry Rivers --
Statement on Poetics ; The painting of Jane Freilicher ; Short reviews from Art News / James Schuyler --
(from) Beyond the machine / Calvin Tomkins --
At the museum of modern art / May Swenson --
The legacy of Jackson Pollock / Allan Kaprow --
Happenings: an art of radical juxtaposition / Susan Sontag --
On the painter Beauford Delaney / James Baldwin --
Bruce Conner: a new sensibility ; Joan Brown / Philip Leider --
A visit with Sam Rodia / Kate Steinitz --
Letter to Jerry Reilly / Jess --
(from) Iconographical extensions / Robert Duncan --
Three letters / H.C. Westermann --
The abstract sublime / Robert Rosenblum --
Month in review, January 1962 ; Franz Kline (1910-1962) ; Philip Pearlstein and the new philistinism / Sidney Tillim --
Jasper Johns: stories and ideas / John Cage --
Statement ; Sketchbook notes / Jasper Johns --
Statement / Robert Rauschenberg --
Contemporary art and the plight of its public / Leo Steinberg --
What is pop art? ; (from) The philosophy of Andy Warhol / Andy Warhol --
(from) Store days / Claes Oldenburg --
The new American "Sign Painters" / Gene R. Swenson --
Junkdump fair surveyed / John Bernard Myers --
The paintings of E.E. Cummings ; Richard Stankiewicz ; John Graham ; Against idealism ; Joseph Cornell ; A painter obsessed by blue / Fairfield Porter --
Edward Hopper: an American vision / Hilton Kramer --
The art of Romare Bearden / Ralph Ellison --
Painting as painting / Louis Finkelstein --
The battle of Paris, strip-tease and Trotsky: some non-scenic travel notes / Thomas B. Hess --
ABC art / Barbara Rose --
Local history ; Specific objects / Donald Judd --
Allusion and illusion in Donald Judd / Rosalind Krauss --
The crystal land / Robert Smithson --
New York letter: Warhol ; Art and objecthood / Michael Fried --
Andy Warhol in Paris ; Joan Mitchell ; Leland Bell ; The invisible avant-garde / John Ashbery.
Series Title: Library of America, 259.
Responsibility: Jed Perl, editor.


An invigorating panorama of art writing from a crucial quarter century, adding vital context with incisive commentaries.
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