11-26-07 - Pollock Born in Wyoming spent time in LA In 1950...

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Pollock Born in Wyoming, spent time in LA In 1950 goes to NY to study with Benton o Benton= regionalism, local American landscapes o The west Local distortion of form, exaggeration of color In NY o A really important gathering place for artists in NY American Gothic, Grant Wood o Solid, upstanding, Midwestern types o Painted in a neo-Flemish style Younger artists saw regionalism as not cosmopolitan, too nationalistic o Nationalism understood to be problematic in 30s, led to fascism Years of dust poster o Depicts the downtrodden, the depressed o Art is a social weapon Woman with a fan o American artists see this as overly refined o Not really cutting edge anymore, cubism invented over 20 years earlier Other trend=surrealism o Americans thought highly of it o Didn’t like overt Freudian imagery o Attracted to the way it is interested in unconscious, and technique of automatism o Want to take their cue from Jung, the collective unconscious Eskimo mask o Re-evaluation stimulated by the idea that native Americans who don’t live with same conventions as Europeans can come closer to representing primitive unconscious forms Birth, Pollock o Moving into abstraction, not completely there yet o Derivative of willful expressionistic form of native American art o Not academically rendered o Forms seem to be layered and built up on canvas o
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