Modernism's Masculine Subjects : Matisse, the New York School, And Post-painterly Abstraction (Paperback)

Author: Brennan, Marcia

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Brennan makes new use of writings by Clement Greenberg and other powerful critics describing the works of Matisse, the postwar New York School abstract expressionists, and their successors, the post-painterly abstractionists. The paintings of Matisse, she argues, were represented in part as intellectually engaged and culturally respectable centerfolds. Brennan examines de Kooning's Woman series -- perhaps the most significant effort to incorporate feminine presence within abstract expressionist imagery -- as extended cultural metaphors for bourgeois masculinity's conflicted relationship with its feminine "others." She also shows how the aggressive energy of Pollock's nonfigural painterly idiom became domesticated in the press by the repeated pairing of his work with images of Pollock in the studio and at home with his wife, the artist Lee Krasner. Finally, discussing the rise of the post-painterly abstractionists in the sixties, Brennan shows how, both despite and because of the critical presence of Helen Frankenthaler, formalist responses to the works of Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland provided an opportunity to promote idealized conceptions of masculine creativity.

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Publisher Mit Pr
Mfg Part# 9780262524681
SKU 202631433
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0262524686
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0213
Publisher MIT Press (MA)
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