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dc.contributor.advisorMondloch, Kateen_US
dc.contributor.authorKeast, Lindsayen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-29T17:50:30Z
dc.date.available2014-09-29T17:50:30Z
dc.date.issued2014-09-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1794/18403
dc.description.abstractMany scholars exclude New York painter Philip Guston (1913-80) from the artistic tradition of Abstract Expressionism due to his absence from New York City during the group's early formative years. This thesis asserts, however, that Guston's role in Abstract Expressionism can be firmly established through his unique interpretation of the formative influence of surrealist automatism. Though never engaging with the surrealists directly, Guston explored automatist ideas upon meeting New York School experimental music composers John Cage and Morton Feldman. This trio's engagement with the Zen Buddhist concepts of unimpededness and interpenetration influenced Guston to create compositions through chance operations, a process Cage would call "indeterminacy." My aim is to enrich an understanding of Guston's idiosyncratic relationship to Abstract Expressionism and, ultimately, to offer a more expansive definition of Abstract Expressionism in general, allowing for a broader understanding of the formation of American modernism.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Oregonen_US
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserved.en_US
dc.subjectAbstract Expressionismen_US
dc.subjectAutomatismen_US
dc.subjectIndeterminacyen_US
dc.subjectJohn Cageen_US
dc.subjectPhilip Gustonen_US
dc.subjectZen Buddhismen_US
dc.titleThe Indeterminacy of Abstraction: Philip Guston 1947-1951en_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineDepartment of the History of Art and Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Oregonen_US


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