Pollock Book 12151


Jackson Pollock

monograph by Helen A. Harrison


The latest title in the new Focus series from Phaidon Press is Jackson Pollock, by Helen A. Harrison, published in September 2014. The series, which includes monographs on Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, offers accessible, up-to-date, authoritative, enjoyable and thought-provoking books on internationally renowned modern masters. Written by experts in their field, each of these lively and beautifully illustrated books covers the entirety of the artist’s work, exploring its origins, development, style and themes.


Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) led the vanguard of post-World War II American art with his pioneering method of painting, which broke with tradition in both subject matter and technique. Engaging viscerally with emotions, thoughts and other intangibles, he used fluid pigment poured directly onto the canvas. His liquid medium, applied with sweeping gestures, proved to be the ideal vehicle for the mercurial content that he sought to communicate: “energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space.” Charting the course of his life and career, from his early training in figurative painting to his position as the most critically acclaimed proponent of Abstract Expressionism, this book sets Pollock’s artistic development in the context of his volatile personal life and his wide-ranging artistic influences, including Mexican murals and Native American art, as well as European modernism. Pollock’s extraordinary impact became evident when his patron Peggy Guggenheim declared him to be “the greatest painter since Picasso.”


Helen A. Harrison is the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York. A former New York Times art critic and feature writer and National Public Radio commentator, she has written numerous exhibition catalogues and articles in popular and scholarly publications. Her books include Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollock (2000), Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach (2002), and The Jackson Pollock Box (2010).


• Hardback
• English
• 245 x 172 mm, 9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in
• 144 pages
• 92 color illustrations, 24 black and white illustrations
• ISBN-13: 9780714861500
• ISBN-10: 0714861502
• US$22.95

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