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Frank Tashlin's Jackson Pollock

Frank Tashlin's Jackson Pollock <jats:p> This paper situates Frank Tashlin's Paramount-produced Artists and Models (1955) alongside a genealogy of modernist painting. Beginning with the observation that the opening sequence of Tashlin's film burlesques Abstract Expressionist painting and Jackson Pollock in particular, it puts Artists and Models in conversation with Clement Greenberg's paint-on-a-flat-canvas modernism (and Greenberg's interest in articulating this modernism through the figure of Pollock) with a distinct account of cinematic specificity. The essay then places Tashlin's film and the figure of Jerry-Lewis-as-Jackson-Pollock in relation to Pop Art of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It concludes by suggesting that Tashlin's Pollock can help us to better think about the relationship between high modernism and mass culture. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Frank Tashlin's Jackson Pollock

Modernist Cultures , Volume 11 (2): 243 – Jul 1, 2016

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2016
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2016.0137
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Abstract

<jats:p> This paper situates Frank Tashlin's Paramount-produced Artists and Models (1955) alongside a genealogy of modernist painting. Beginning with the observation that the opening sequence of Tashlin's film burlesques Abstract Expressionist painting and Jackson Pollock in particular, it puts Artists and Models in conversation with Clement Greenberg's paint-on-a-flat-canvas modernism (and Greenberg's interest in articulating this modernism through the figure of Pollock) with a distinct account of cinematic specificity. The essay then places Tashlin's film and the figure of Jerry-Lewis-as-Jackson-Pollock in relation to Pop Art of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It concludes by suggesting that Tashlin's Pollock can help us to better think about the relationship between high modernism and mass culture. </jats:p>

Journal

Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2016

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