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"My Own Place, May Own Name" Figuration, Abstraction and the Tragic in the Art of Stephen Greene

London, Alan E. (2021) "My Own Place, May Own Name" Figuration, Abstraction and the Tragic in the Art of Stephen Greene. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This monographic study of the work of the American artist and teacher Stephen Greene (1917-1999) establishes his place within the mid-20th Century art world conflict between the adherents of figuration and abstraction, respectively, reflected in, among other sources, the 1953 publication of the artists’ journal Reality. Over the decade from 1953 to 1963, Greene, who considered himself a “tragic” painter, transformed his art from representational to abstract, while resisting throughout those years and for the rest of his life any identification with either school. Using evidence drawn from critical reaction, artistic influences, visual analysis and Greene’s own writings, the dissertation charts the course of Greene’s artistic development and argues both that the seeds of abstraction were present even in the earliest work and that elements of symbolic figuration enlivened even the latest.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
London, Alan E.ael50@pitt.eduael50
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSavage,
Committee MemberTaylor, Alexander
Committee MemberMcCloskey,
Committee MemberMarshall, David
Committee MemberPrice, Marshall N.marshall.price@duke.eduN.A.
Date: 3 May 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: March 2021
Approval Date: 3 May 2021
Submission Date: 23 February 2021
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 470
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stephen Greene
Date Deposited: 03 May 2021 15:05
Last Modified: 03 May 2022 05:15


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