Solomon Schechter's art of hasidism: Tradition, parody, and transmission

David B. Starr, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

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Everything that Twombly achieves he achieves by the ironic distancing of himself from Pollock. Everything that is liquid is turned dry. Everything that is light is turned dark. Everything that is simple and spontaneous and athletic is turned obsessive, repetitive, self-conscious in Twombly. By this kind of negation, he rerealizes, on a completely different scale and completely different terms, the exact immediacy of energy conveyed to canvas that Pollock has. Negation and parody were forms of influence as powerful as any solemn "transmission" of received icons. Doubt led to argument; argument made art.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-488
Number of pages40
JournalJewish Quarterly Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies


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