Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
Debra Bricker Balken
Harold Rosenberg, A Critic's Life
Harold Rosenberg is still known primarily for a single essay, "The American Action Painters," published in ARTnews in 1952. Not only did it galvanize a still unnamed community of vanguard artists—later known as the New York School—but action became a trope for mid-century art that lasted well into the early 1960s. Debra's talk, which draws from her intellectual biography, Harold Rosenberg, A Critic's Life, published this month, focuses on Rosenberg's notion of action and how its meanings and themes foreshadowed the waning of the modern period.
Debra Bricker Balken has organized many exhibitions on American modernism and contemporary art. Her award-wining books include Philip Guston's Poor Richard (2001) and Abstract Expressionism: Movements in Modern Art (2005). Among her exhibition catalogs are Dove/O'Keeffe: Circles of Influence (2009), John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury (2011), and Mark Tobey: Threading Light (2017). She recently completed a revision of Arthur Dove: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Things, which was published in May.