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Machine derived contents note: Table of contents for Benton, Pollock, and the politics of modernism : from regionalism to abstract expressionism / Erika Doss. -- Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog -- Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding. -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1: Republicanism and Modernism: The Genesis of Regionalism in The American -- Historical Epic -- 2: Liberal Reform and the American Scene: Benton's 1930s Murals -- 3: Thomas Hart Benton in Hollywood: Regionalist Art and Corporate Patronage -- 4: Modernist Accommodation, Corporate Appropriation: The Collapse of -- Regionalism and the New Deal -- 5: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism: Modern Art and Consensus -- Politics in Postwar America -- 6: The Misconstruction of Abstract Expressionism: Institutional Orthodoxy -- and Commodification -- Index -- Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975 Criticism and interpretation, Regionalism in art United States, Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956 Criticism and interpretation, Abstract expressionism United States, Modernism (Art) Political aspects United States History 20th century.
In this acclaimed revisionist study, Doss chronicles a historic cultural change in American art from the dominance of regionalism in the 1930s to abstract expressionism in the 1940s. She centers her study on Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, Benton's foremost student in the early thirties, charting Pollock's early imitation of Benton's style before his radical move to abstraction. By situating painting within the evolving sociopolitical and cultural context of the Depression and the Cold War, Doss explains the reasons for this change and casts light on its significance for contemporary culture.