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This monograph relates the story of a notable figure in American art, that of Jimmy Ernst, the son of the surrealist master Max Ernst. Ernst did not intend to be a painter, but the stimulus of Picasso's "Guernica" changed the course of his life, and he began to paint, developing a distinctly American style of his own, that married abstract, crystalline form to the spirituality of Gothic art. He was particularly influenced by street jazz and Native American culture, and what was regarded as the new spiritual expression of American jazz became fused in his art with his European cultural memories, leading ultimately to pure abstraction. This resource brings together reproductions of Ernst's finest paintings, a tribute by Kurt Vonnegut, a monographic essay by Donald Kuspit, two revelatory interviews, poems by Louis Simpson and a selection of the artist's own writings.
DONALD KUSPIT is one of America's most distinguished art critics. He is the author of many books and is Professor of Art History and Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. KURT VONNEGUT is one of the great figures on postwar American literature, best known for his book Slaughterhouse Five.
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