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The Fate Of A Gesture: Jackson Pollock And Postwar American Art
by Carter Ratcliff (Goodreads Author)
Flipping his colors onto the canvas, pouring and dripping his paints in a quintessentially American gesture, Jackson Pollock redefined the art of painting. It was the fate of Pollock’s gesture, which reflected America’s largest, most optimistic ideas of itself, to be mimicked, modified, and denied by artists of immense stature, among them Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, R ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 30th 1998 by Westview Press
(first published 1996)
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The premise of the book is an analysis about the 'fate of a gesture' as developed in American art from the 1950s to the 1980s. Carter Ratcliff puts forward an interesting thesis about how Pollock's 'gesture,' in his case the 'drip,' changes through the works of a number of artists discussed in his book. The major problem, for this reader, is how Ratcliff discusses a number of artworks in his book, but he fails to include images to supplement his thesis. Those he did include were in black-and-whi ...more