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Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollack

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No modern artist is more controversial than Jackson Pollock, whose life is the subject of a new feature film starring Ed Harris. With an intense, troubled personality that many see reflected in his radical "drip" paintings, Pollock was the first American painter to be hailed internationally as an innovator. Even before his death in a drunken car crash in 1956, he was mytho ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 10th 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published January 2001)
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Ed Smiley
Dec 17, 2010 Ed Smiley rated it liked it
I read this once before, but this time I reread it on its own terms, as a series of reminiscences, reactions to and against, or parallel creations "in the spirit of".

In some sense this is a multidimensional view of this misunderstood artist, somewhat like Citizen Kane vignettes.
Pollock was absolutely allergic to BS (except for truly acknowledging his alcoholism) especially about the one thing he really cared about, which was his painting. As a consequence he was very reticent to talk about it wi
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Jul 08, 2007 Gary McDowell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-ones
Love Pollock and this book helped me understand him better... plus the structure of the book is great, too.
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Helen A. Harrison is an art historian, museum director and journalist who specializes in modern American art. From 1978-2006, she wrote art reviews and feature articles for the Long Island section of The New York Times. She is currently the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York.
The museum, a National Historic Landmark, is the former home and studio of Jac
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