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The Absolute and the Cold War

Discourses of Abstract Expressionism

by Justyna Wierzchowska (Author)
©2012 Thesis XII, 182 Pages

Summary

This book analyzes art criticism on Abstract Expressionism, lauded as «the triumph of American painting.» It traces the ways in which the movement’s meaning has been construed and constructed in reference to the changing cultural and political framework. Starting from the purely formal analyses of the 1950s and early 1960s, through the radical political statements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, until the later interpretations inspired mainly by gender and postcolonial studies, this book cuts across the domains of politics, philosophy and art criticism. The question of whether Abstract Expressionism was a «path to the Absolute» or a «weapon of the Cold War» is inscribed into the larger debate concerning the links between culture and politics.

Details

Pages
XII, 182
Year
2012
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631606674
Language
English
Keywords
American painting New York School Art Art criticism
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2011. XII, 182 pp.

Biographical notes

Justyna Wierzchowska (Author)

Justyna Wierzchowska, Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, Warsaw University, holds a double MA in American studies and philosophy. In 2008, she defended her PhD in which she analyzed discourses on Abstract Expressionism produced during and after the Cold War. She has participated in numerous American Studies conferences and published in Poland and abroad. She translates into Polish American modern fiction and art-related books.

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