Andrew Forge, 4 April 1991
Show More Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
Barrie and Jenkins, 934 pp., £19.95, March 1990, 0 7126 3866 0Show More
Abstract Expressionism by David Anfam.
Thames and Hudson, 216 pp., £5.95, August 1990, 0 500 20243 5Show More
Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston by Musa Mayer.
Thames and Hudson, 256 pp., £8.95, February 1991, 0 500 27633 1Show More
“... It was a small world that New York artists shared in the Thirties, defined by philistine hostility or Francophile indifference. The Great Depression that had made so much useless made the uselessness of art irrefutable and absurd. Then came the miracle of the WPA. Painters were paid just to paint. Talk, all accounts agree, was the thing. It was as if a century of brooding about America and Europe, the past and the future, art and society, influence and self-reliance, was coming to a head in a gush of discussion ...”