Painting Beyond Pollock


A lively and accessible history of European and American painting from the mid-20th century onwards


Morgan Falconer


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About the book
Painting, with its endless capacity for reinvention, continues to occupy a privileged position in Western art. Since the mid-20th century, new practices have pushed art into territories such as performance and installation, leading some critics and artists to declare painting irrelevant or even finished. But these developments have, in fact, driven painting to new heights of innovation and interest, making these seventy years arguably the most lively in its history.

Morgan Falconer tells the story beginning with Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists on both sides of the Atlantic, proceeds through postwar abstraction in France, social realism in East Germany, the end of geometric abstraction in Europe, American post-painterly abstraction, the handmade ready-mades of Rauschenberg and Johns, Pop's rise in Britain and the US, painting's confrontations with photography in the 1960s and beyond, the return of expressionism in the 1980s, new approaches to Pop in the 1990s and 2000s, and the continued variety of some of the most recent paintings to be made by a younger, 'post-medium' generation of artists.

Painting Beyond Pollock is an illuminating guide for both specialists and enthusiasts of painting, written in language that is intelligent and accessible.



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"Every bit as comprehensive and authoritative as E. H. Gombrich’s The Story of Art… Concepts and movements are explained concisely, while the range of art covered [ … ] is both diverse and inspiring." —Artists & Illustrators

"Thought-provoking... [Falconer] writes well, cites many a worthwhile quotation, and includes lots of good reproduction. ...useful primer ...enjoyable ...a huge achievement, somewhat akin to Norbert Lynton's The Story of Modern Art." —The Art Newspaper




About the author(s)
Morgan Falconer teaches at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. He previously worked as a journalist and critic for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Art Review, Burlington Magazine and Frieze. He has also interviewed leading figures in contemporary painting, including many who are featured in this book, such as Peter Doig, Luc Tuymans, Elizabeth Peyton, Neo Rauch and Ellsworth Kelly.


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