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The business of painting, Motherwell once remarked, is "the skin of the world;"
and his art, far from being abstract in any Utopian sense, is meant to be an art of
subject-matter. (It is worth remembering that, in 1948, Motherwell, William
The issues raised by Surrealism were of crucial importance to a number of young
New York artists, later to be loosely known as the Abstract Expressionists:
Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell,
They dismissed the literary images of the Surrealists, and their sado-masochistic
fantasies. The painting as a "dream- photograph," in the tradition of de Chirico,
was anathema to their role as abstract painters. But this left one very important ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Read full review