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The American Counterculture$
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Christopher Gair

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619887

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619887.001.0001

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(p.77) Chapter Three Painting
The American Counterculture

Christopher Gair

Edinburgh University Press

The opening section of this chapter contextualises Abstract Expressionism with reference to the Cold War and the desire to make New York the heart of the art world. It looks at the tensions between hegemonic and countercultural practice within Abstract Expressionism, with particular focus on Jackson Pollock. Later, the chapter focuses on other voices and regions, with particular emphasis on Wally Hedrick, Norman Lewis and Jay DeFeo.

Keywords:   Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock, Wally Hedrick, Cold War, Clement Greenberg

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