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Jackson Pollock (Icons of America) Hardcover – 3 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300163254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300163254
  • ASIN: 0300163258
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,877,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Journalist and novelist Toynton ... lends her multifarious talent to the story of the turbulent life of iconic artist Jackson Pollock... Few are better suited to pen such a quotable and inspired contemporary portrait."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly "This is a Vasari-like narrative of Jackson Pollock, and a case study of his depression, his propensity to get into fist fights when drunk, to be taciturn when sober, and to let himself be taken care of by the women in his life. But it is also a story of how he 'broke the ice,' in de Kooning's words, enabling American painters to take world leadership in a fresh style of painting-huge, abstract, emotional, and direct. It is the book to read to find out what he was and was about."-Arthur Danto, author of Andy Warhol -- Arthur Danto "There was no shortage of aggression and nihilism in Pollock's short life... Toynton ably chronicles Pollock's gambol over the edge."-Justin Moyer, Washington Post -- Justin Moyer Washington Post "Absorbing"-Zocalo Public Square Zocalo Public Square

About the Author

Evelyn Toynton, a frequent contributor to Harper's and other publications, is the author of the novels 'Modern Art', a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and 'The Oriental Wife', to be published by Other Press in 2011. She lives in Norfolk, England.

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Biographies can sometimes be heavy going, but this one has a light touch with enough details to give a real insight into Pollock and his work. The author sets Pollock's life in context with the abstract expressionism movement in the US which allows the reader to understand something of the interplay between the famous names of that time. The only downside is that very few paintings are reproduced in the book and they are all in black and white, so it is sometimes hard to understand the descriptions given by the author.
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Most interesting account of Jackson Pollock. Would be much better with colour paintings which are so dramatic, making a book to keep for ever.
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HASH(0x9b2dcabc) out of 5 stars great book 4 Feb. 2013
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being a jackson pollock fan!!!!!!!!
Another great book to add to my artist book collection of that era....
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