Jackson Pollock (Icons of America)

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Like Brando, Pollock became an icon of rebellion in s America, and the brooding, defiant persona captured in ph Jackson Pollock — not only put American art on the map with his famous "drip paintings," he also served as an inspiration for the character of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire —the role that made Marlon Brando famous.

Like Brando, Pollock became an icon of rebellion in s America, and the brooding, defiant persona captured in photographs of the artist contributed to his celebrity almost as much as his notorious paintings did. In the years since his death in a drunken car crash, Pollock's hold on the public imagination has only increased. He has become an enduring symbol of the tormented artist—our American van Gogh. In this highly engaging book, Evelyn Toynton examines Pollock's itinerant and poverty-stricken childhood in the West, his encounters with contemporary art in Depression-era New York, and his years in the run-down Long Island fishing village that, ironically, was transformed into a fashionable resort by his presence.

Placing the artist in the context of his time, Toynton also illuminates the fierce controversies that swirled around his work and that continue to do so. Pollock's paintings captured the sense of freedom and infinite possibility unique to the American experience, and his life was both an American rags-to-riches story and a darker tale of the price paid for celebrity, American style.

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To ask other readers questions about Jackson Pollock , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 06, Troy M. Not having studied or read anything about this artist, I was most curious about the man and his life.

But the book is more of an homage about his character and style rather than his actual life and art. In fact, there are only 5 pictures of his art included in these pages.


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That is unfortunate. It's a decent primer that urges the reader to grab another volume by an author who adequately lent considerable more time and effort into the subject matter. Quick read. Interesting third-party quotes. May 13, Angel Du rated it really liked it. Sep 02, Jeremiah rated it it was ok. I wish there were more pictures of his art to go along with the story.

The art is so important to the history of Pollock himself. The author brings in alot of the cultural and political issues of the day, which are very relevant. In the end, though, Pollack, seemed self-absorbed with his fame. Too much of a change. Maybe that's appropriate. Dec 26, John Porcellino rated it liked it Shelves: art. A quick, easy overview of Pollock' life and career. New to me were details of the way his reputation with critics and academics has evolved in the years since his death. A good introduction to his life and era. Jan 15, Robert Walrod rated it did not like it.

Reads at times like an undergraduate essay whose primary source was the Wikipedia article about Pollock.