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Twentieth-Century American Drawing: Three Avant-Garde Generations

Twentieth-Century American Drawing: Three Avant-Garde Generations

Diane Waldman
Published in 1976
128 pages
8.50 x 10 inches

Published in 1976, this survey of American drawing functions almost as a retrospective for the nation. The progression of the medium is traced through the work of Arthur Dove, Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others. Displaying extreme variety and conceptual advancement, this catalogue demonstrates the evolution of American artistic expression. Diane Waldman's comprehensive essay, entitled "Avant-Garde America," walks the reader through this national transformation. Also included in the catalogue is an illustrated exhibition checklist and biographies for each of the twenty-nine artists who were featured in the exhibition.


[Roy] Lichtenstein systematically investigates the meaning of drawing. The closest parallel to this procedure is [Jasper] Johns' consistent approach, effected through his elaboration of the multiple meanings and uses of gray, though this attitude is often evident to a certain extent in the work of Cy Twombly. (It is noteworthy that this investigation of the medium, which actually began with Johns and [Robert] Rauschenberg, became the basis for the conceptualization of the 1960's and early 1970's.)

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