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The stamp of impulse : abstract expressionist prints
Acton, David.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hudson Hills Press ; Worcester, Mass. : in association with the Worcester Art Museum, [2001]

Physical Description:
295 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Worcester Art Museum, Apr. 21-June 17, 2001; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Nov. 18, 2001-Jan. 27, 2002; Amon Carter Museum, Mar. 2-May 12, 2002; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Jan. 16-Mar. 16, 2003.
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NE508.3.A25 A276 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This magnificent volume is the first comprehensive study of the influence of Abstract Expressionism on printmaking.

Author Notes

David Acton is curator of prints & drawings at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Though abstract expressionists made a cult of drip and brushstroke, many of them also created beautiful, strange and energetic prints. A spectacular accompaniment to an exhibit at the Worcester (Mass.) Museum of Art, The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints presents 100 such prints from dozens of artists, among them De Kooning, Frankenthaler, Gottlieb and Kline. Curator David Acton not only introduces the collection but writes at length about each print. Composer David Amram and poet-critic David Lehman add essays about these artists' links to music and poetry. 109 color plates, 43 b&w. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This impressive compendium features the prints, rather than the paintings, of 100 abstract expressionist artists, including such giants as Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko as well as such lesser-known figures as Seong Moy and Hugo Weber. Each artist is represented by a full-page reproduction of one print and a one-page biographical and critical sketch by Acton, the curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Worcester Art Museum. Almost all of the prints come from the collection of the Worcester, where the accompanying exhibition originated. Introductory essays by musician David Amram and poet David Lehman relate the abstract expressionist movement to its historical and artistic context, with emphasis on the relationships between writers and artists in New York City in the Forties and Fifties. In addition to the visual treats it offers, this catalog is a valuable addition to the literature on the breadth and depth of abstract expressionist printmaking. Recommended for academic, larger public, and specialized art libraries. Kathryn Wekselman, MLn, Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This exhibition catalog originated with the Worcester (Massachusetts) Art Museum. The first 30 pages are given to two well-written and easy-to-read essays that address the transactional nature of musicians, poets, and artists during the period. The next 210 pages are given to brief essays (text verso, image recto) by Acton (Worcester Art Museum), David Lehman, and David Amram on 100 individual artists of the abstract expressionist era. The artists discussed include both East and West Coast artists as well as many who are no longer thought of as part of abstract expressionism (AE). This portion of the book is followed by 33 pages of excellent notes and a bibliography. In other books, there is extensive documentation of prints by individual AE artists such as Robert Motherwell, Willem DeKooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and others, but this is the best survey of the contributions of these many artists to the AE movement and to printmaking history in general. It will be of greatest use to readers interested in the AE period and printmaking, and is suitable for research and for scholars as well as general readers, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. C. Stroh Western Michigan University