The Heir & the Cowboy:
Social Predisposition, Mediation & Artistic Profession in Marcel Duchamp & Jackson Pollock
By Nuria Peist
posted: 03-20-09
Martha Holmes Jackson Pollock painting in his studio, Springs, New York 1949
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"Marcel Duchamp enjoyed the security and the support derived from his family’s station and from having the social and cultural capital he accumulated throughout his personal evolution. As a result of this inheritance, the artist was able to postpone remarkably the moment of his consecration. Jackson Pollock hailed from a family of farmers and had to go to great lengths to make a place for himself in the avant-garde art of the mid 20th century. The social space Duchamp is in a position to ignore is the antithesis of Jackson Pollock’s need for success."

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