The role of art historian as biographer is beset with contradictions, an artist's life and art being neither mutually exclusive nor synonymous. Balanced in his life on the edge of destruction and in his art on that of innovation, Pollock mirrored a chaotic world, one in which humans seemed to have lost control. Less gossipy than Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith's Jackson Pollock ( LJ 8/89), this book treats Pollock's personal life, creative work, and cultural milieu as discrete elements that produce a gradually developing image, not always in accord with the public's view of Pollock as rebellious cowboy or counterculture loner. Pollock was the major force behind the transfer of avant-garde art from France to the United States and the American idiom in which it was expressed. This "American Prometheus" is well served by this elegantly illustrated, carefully annotated, and well-written work. Recommended for all art libraries and large general collections.
- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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"On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally 'in' the painting." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Am content with the book but arrival was slow considering how close to me the shipper is.Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Steward
I found the book beautifully inspiring and of high quality. I enjoyed reading about the life he had as well. A wonderful addition to my collection.Published 11 months ago by Mary Anne Enriquez
I was looking for a Pollack bio that included great color repos of his works.
This book fills the bill.
I love this book. The photographs of his art are amazing. It tells the story of his life and the artists that inspired him.Published 18 months ago by chewed art
The good was presented as "very good". Considering the fact that the majority of the pages show a cumbersome folding. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gijsbert Bruijne
Fast shipping great product, its beautiful thank you. its a gift for someone but i wanted to open it for myself by how beautiful it wasPublished 20 months ago by Richard
Am very pleased with this purchase, the color photographs are very bright and the text is most informative. I would recommend this book to any Pollock enthusiast.Published 22 months ago by Steve seneca