Jackson Pollock, the son of a farmer of Scots-Irish origin, was born in 1912 in Cody, Wyoming. He first came to public notice at the age of 30 when, under the auspices of Peggy Guggenheim, he exhibited 14 paintings of such power and originality that they created an immediate sensation in art circles worldwide. Within a few years Pollock was ...
Jackson Pollock, the son of a farmer of Scots-Irish origin, was born in 1912 in Cody, Wyoming. He first came to public notice at the age of 30 when, under the auspices of Peggy Guggenheim, he exhibited 14 paintings of such power and originality that they created an immediate sensation in art circles worldwide. Within a few years Pollock was recognized as a major artist, whose work seemed to embody the energy and emotional intensity of America itself. In 1956 he died in a car crash. This biography reveals the disjointed childhood, sibling rivalry, sexual ambiguity and artistic frustration out of which both the man and the artist developed. From his pioneer forebears to the dustbowl of Arizona, to New York in the Depression and the avant-garde art world, Pollock's life story unfolds against the landscape of modern American history. The book won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-11-09 The turbulent childhood and the adult relationships of the self-destructive, possibly homosexual expressionist painter are investigated in this biography. PW described it as ``both a definitive portrait and an intimate, selective history of a quarter-century of modern art.'' Illustrated. (Jan.)
Publishers Weekly, 1989-11-17 Reading this massive, richly satisfying biography of the expressionist painter, one is awestruck that so much creativity flowed from such self-destructive havoc. Pollock (1912-1956) is presented as an artist driven by private demons, nursing psychic wounds inflicted by a rigidly controlling mother and a father who abandoned the family when Jackson was nine. We are shown that Pollock's week-long drunken binges, violent outbursts and possible homosexuality drove away most women, but painter Lee Krasner, his wife, provided the devotion and sexual fulfillment that allowed him to confront on canvas the inner struggle between his masculine and feminine halves. Naifeh and Smith, whose coauthored books include Culture Making , provide new information on his peripatetic childhood and on his relationships with surrealists, Jungian analysts, mentor Thomas Hart Benton, Mexican muralist David Siqueiros and Polish refugee artist John Graham. This is both a definitive portrait and an intimate, selective history of a quarter-century of modern art. Illustrations not seen by PW. 35,000 first printing; first serial to Mirabella; film rights to Keith Barish Productions. (Jan.)
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