A Memoir of Creativity: Abstract Painting, Politics & the Media, 1956-2008

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iUniverse, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 510 pages
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A Memoir of Creativity chronicles one woman's life journey as she derives a theory, revealing meaning in abstract painting, from varied personal and professional experiences, and tells how she locates this theory within a broader social context.

In 1966, Piri Halasz became the first woman within living memory to write a cover story for Time (and not just any cover story, either: the notorious one on Swinging London ). With wit and wisdom, she provides a glimpse into her red-diaper childhood, as well as reporting on her climb at Time from research to the writing staff. Vividly, she describes her controversial career as a female journalist during the sixties, offering an inside view of newsweekly rivalries during that tempestuous decade. Halasz then moves on to her initiation into the art world, her lively interaction with some of its most distinguished denizens and her immersion in graduate school. She concludes with what she has learned about art, art history, and history itself since the early eighties, applying that knowledge to better understand the twenty-first century. Through sharing her life story, Halasz encourages others to remain open to new experiences, to try different ways of seeing, and to use creativity to tackle hurdles.

  

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Contents

What This Book Is About 2008
1
THE MEDIA SWINGING LONDON
17
Preparation 19351956
19
Starting at Time 19561959
33
The Newsmagazine as Village 19571959
46
Reporting the Business Scene 19591963
55
Enter Newsweek and Vietnam 19631967
66
Lifestyles Pop Culture Civil Rights 19631967
83
Just Friends Fall 1976Summer 1981
235
Advancing Wave of the 40s Summer 1978Fall 1982
255
Breakthrough Fall 1982Summer 1983
266
THE DISENFRANCHISED LEFT
281
Reactionary Wave of the 80s Fall 1983Fall 1989
283
Working Critic in the 90s Fall 1990Spring 2000
299
Youth Vietnam Protest the Media Winter 1996Summer 1999
317
The Shift of Mindsets in the 60s Summer 2000Spring 2001
333

On the Office Battlefront March 1965January 1966
96
The London Cover JanuaryApril 1966
110
Amateur Ruthless Girl Agent Harlot 19662006
125
MULTIREFERENTIAL IMAGERY
137
Entering the Art World January 1967December 1968
139
Meet Clement Greenberg JanuaryMay 1969
155
Quidnunc MayAugust 1969
170
The Fantasy August 1969August 1971
186
Grad School Summer 1971Summer 1975
204
Reconciling Duchamp with Pollock Fall 1975Fall 1976
221
The Reception of Abstract Expressionism in the 50s
347
The Reception of Pop in the 60s SpringSummer 2001
367
From Vietnam to 911 SummerFall 2001
385
Second Eureka Fall 2001
396
Verification Fall 2001Fall 2008
404
Putting It All Together 2008
419
Appendix
431
Index of Names
491
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