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Jackson Pollack

Human Smoke and Nazis: The Good, the Bad and the Annoying

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Human Smoke is chock-full of small, often powerful but unrelated scenes. What you get is a Jackson Pollack painting in audio: a lot of vivid colors and absolutely no shape to any of it. It's a helter-skelter of disjointed events and it's up to us to connect the dots.

Molly Barnes Brown Bag Art Talks at New York's Roger Smith Hotel

Susan Eley | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Susan Eley

Molly Barnes Brown Bag lunches are to New York today what Gertrude Stein's formidable salons must have been like to Paris in the 1920s.

Is Emotional Torture Always The Price of Brilliance? (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

They did brilliant work, they changed our lives, but how difficult was it to live theirs? Not a moment's peace for the writers, painters, scientists a...

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.

Art as Curation: The (New) AB EX Story at MoMA

Cat Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Weaver

2010-10-01-moma.jpg"The Big Idea" is a sprawling retrospective of Abstract Expressionist art that focuses on the human element of sharing instead of the usual historical time line.

CultureZohn: Ab Ex NY: A Contemporary Re-Telling of the Abstract Expressionist Tale Opens at MoMA

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-09-30-rothpull.jpgOnce upon a time, a group of American artists fought to distinguish themselves from their European elders and peers. They took as their quest nothing less than re-inventing art.