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Edited by Raphael Rubinstein
In association with the School of Visual Arts
8x10, 220pp., 24 color plates

Join Irving Sandler and Raphael Rubinstein for a stimulating discussion of Sandler's highly anticipated new book. Introduction by Alex Katz.
Book-signing to follow.
School of Visual Arts, NYC
Visual Arts Theater
333 West 23rd St.
Info :: 212-592-2010 or www.sva.edu
Bernard Jacobsen Gallery, London, England
Thursday June 25, 2009 - 6 PM.
Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience: A Reevaluation
Edited by Raphael Rubinstein

In 1970, Irving Sandler published The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism, a book that quickly became the definitive account of the movement. Now, after a 50-year career as one of America's most distinguished and influential critics and art historians, Sandler focuses on two new aims: first, to present his own fresh insights and conclusions about Abstract Expressionism, but also, to counter what he sees as the distorted interpretations of the movement that have been offered by some younger art historians.

This new work focuses on the decade (1942–1952) when the Abstract Expressionists matured as artists and created their most important works, and newly stresses the distinctly American character of Abstract Expressionism, in particular the painters Sandler sees as the movement’s most important figures: Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still. Emphatically a personal history, Sandler lays particular stress on the impact of World War II and the early Cold War years on this generation of painters—their work a direct response to the global crisis of the time. Drawing on his own experience of that era, as well as firsthand knowledge of most of the movement’s leading figures, he examines precisely how the Abstract Expressionists developed their art in the face of unprecedented violence and conflict.

Published in association with New York’s School of Visual Arts, where Sandler will give a major talk in April, Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience: A Reevaluation is certain to join its predecessor volume as required reading in the field of postwar art.

» Irving Sandler biography

Raphael Rubinstein is a faculty member of the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at the School of Visual Arts and the professor of critical studies at the University of Houston School of Art. Rubinstein has been writing about contemporary art since 1986, and is the author of Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (Hard Press Editions, 2003) and co-author of monographs on Norman Bluhm and Claude Viallat. Peintures Croisées (L’Harmattan, Paris), a selection of his writings on art in French translation, was published in 1997. He is also the author of a collection of poems, The Basement of the Cafe Rilke (1997), and a book of autobiographical prose, Postcards from Alphaville (2000), both published by Hard Press Editions. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Other books by these authors
Sandler - From Avant Garde to PluralismRubinstein - Polychrome Profusion Rubinstein - Critical Mess