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Abstract Expressionism was the defining movement in American art during the postwar era, making New York City the center of the international art scene. But what did it allmean? The drips, the spills, the splotches of color, the wild spontaneous energy—signifying what? Abstract Expressionism For Beginners will help you both understand and appreciate the work of some of the most iconic figures in modern art—Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, et al. Here, in easy-to-understand terms and copious original illustrations are their lives and artistic roots, the world of Greenwich Village in the 1940s and 1950s, the influence of jazz, the voices of critics, and the enduring legacy of a uniquely inspired group of artists.
Abstract Expressionism remains one of the most complex art phenomena of the twentieth century. What has long been needed is a book that provides an introduction to the bare bones of the subject, devoid of jargon, for those with absolutely no prior knowledge. Rich Klin’s lively account and Lily Prince’s dynamic artwork neatly fill that gap.
—David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
Chicano Movement For Beginners captures the spirit, energy, and enduring legacy of the political and cultural movement that galvanized the Mexican American community from the mid-1960s to mid- 1970s. El Movimiento, as it was called, gave Chicano and Chicana youth a voice to combat prejudice and injustice, a new sense of cultural awareness, and an unprecedented level of ethnic identity and pride.
Beyond commemorating the past, this extraordinary work of graphic nonfiction reaffirms the goals and vitality of the Chicano Movement for the simple reason that many of the critical issues Mexican American activists first brought to the nation’s attention in the ‘60s and ’70s—educational disadvantage, endemic poverty, social bias, and political exclusion—remain pervasive almost a half-century later.
For Beginners® documentary, graphic nonfiction book series
For Beginners® is a graphic nonfiction series that deconstructs complex ideas. Every book in the series serves one purpose: to present the works of great thinkers and subjects alike in a straightforward, accessible manner. With subjects ranging from philosophy to politics, art, and beyond, the For Beginners series covers a range of topics in a humorous comic book-style. Every book takes a comprehensive approach that respects the intelligence of its audience.
Dedicated to Glenn Thompson, the inventor and the inspiration for the series.