Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978

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Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978) was a writer and educator from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1970 Dec. 17-1973 Jan. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 495596710

Writer, educator; New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1970 Dec. 17-1973 Jan. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 226956443

Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978) was a writer and art critic of New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1967 June 28-1968 July 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 657040989

From the description of Harold Rosenberg interviews, 1967 June 28-1968 July 8 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646398691

Harold Rosenberg, the American art critic who developed the concept of "action painting" to describe the work of New York School painters such as De Kooning and Pollock, wrote art reviews, literary reviews and political essays for little magazines from 1930 until 1960. In 1967 he became the regular art reviewer for The New Yorker.

From the description of Harold Rosenberg Papers, 1923-1984. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 83780041

Harold Rosenberg, b. 1906, d. 1978, art critic, author, lecturer, and teacher.

Rosenberg was a leading New York art intellectual of the Abstract Expressionist era; worked for New Yorker magazine; wrote books on De Kooning and art history; taught at University of Chicago, 1966-1978.

May Natalie Tabak Rosenberg, b. 1910, d. 1993, novelist, married Rosenberg in 1932

May Tabak Rosenberg wrote a book, "But Not For Love", inspired by the summer art colony of The Springs, Long Island; focused on writing about artists, writers, and musicians.

From the description of Harold and May Tabak Rosenberg papers, [ca. 1880-1985]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 301785738

Harold Rosenberg, b. 1906, d. 1978, art critic, author, lecturer, and teacher.

Rosenberg was a leading New York art intellectual of the Abstract Expressionist era; worked for New Yorker magazine; wrote books on De Kooning and art history; taught at University of Chicago, 1966-1978.

May Natalie Tabak Rosenberg, b. 1910, d. 1993, novelist, married Rosenberg in 1932

May Tabak Rosenberg wrote a book, "But Not For Love", inspired by the summer art colony of The Springs, Long Island; focused on writing about artists, writers, and musicians.

From the description of Harold and May Tabak Rosenberg papers, [ca. 1950-1985]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81992727

Biographical/Historical Note

Harold Rosenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1906. Like many of his generation of New York intellectuals, he was educated in the 1920s at City College, where debate about Marxism and its relationship to the arts flourished. The issues that concerned Rosenberg, and peers such as Irving Howe, Irving Kristol, Dwight MacDonald, Norman Podhoretz, and William Phillips, would generate influential journals such as Partisan Review, Dissent, and Commentary along with numerous other, often short-lived little magazines. It was in the little magazines that Rosenberg for many years found his readership. While working for the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and for the Office of War Information in the 1940s and for the Advertising Council of America until 1973, he persistently published in these journals a prodigious number of poems, book reviews, art reviews, and theoretical essays. A selection of the essays were published as a book, The Tradition of the New, in 1959, when Rosenberg was fifty-three. The book reached a wider audience than the individual pieces had, and from that point on Rosenberg was in demand as a speaker, writer, and professor. In 1963 he gave the Gauss seminars at Princeton, and from 1966 until his death in 1978 he taught at University of Chicago as a member of the Committee on Social Thought. In 1962, he began publishing art reviews in The New Yorker, becoming, in 1967, their regular reviewer. These reviews, along with pieces he wrote for other prominent journals, were collected in the form of several books, including The Anxious Object (1964), Artworks and Packages (1969), The De-Definition of Art (1972), and Art On the Edge (1971). He also wrote books on individual artists he admired, such as William De Kooning, Saul Steinberg, and Barnett Newman.

Rosenberg's particular fusion of Marxist theory and modernism employed existentialism. In the late '40s and early '50s, he published in Les Temps Modernes and other French publications with the help of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Simone de Beauvoir. Rosenberg's theoretical interests and critical observation of artists such as DeKooning and Pollock crystallized in his signature piece, "The American Action Painters," published in Art News in 1952. He argued that for these artists painting was a spontaneous event in the search for individual identity, and the resultant work on canvas was but a record of that search and not an object created for the purpose of aesthetic pleasure. This argument was ever afterward associated with Rosenberg, and he continued to revise and adapt it for the rest of his career as an art reviewer.

A brilliant polemicist who loved debate and discussion, Rosenberg had many enduring friendships among the intellectual elite of his day. The mutual animosity he and Clement Greenberg felt for each other, is also, however, an integral part of Rosenberg's personal history and the history of the New York School, whose work these critics so assiduously championed. From their early rivalry over a staff position at Partisan Review, to later mutual attacks in public and in print, Rosenberg and Greenberg, equally influential, came to represent two opposing approaches to the art of their day, even if, from the vantage point of the present day, they held many assumptions and judgements in common.

Rosenberg was married for more than forty years to the late May Natalie Tabak, a fiction writer who, like Rosenberg, published in The New Yorker . They had a daughter, Patia Rosenberg, who survives them.

From the guide to the Harold Rosenberg papers, 1923-1984, (Getty Research Institute)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Liss, Joseph. Joseph Liss interview, 1982 Aug. 10. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Alfred Kazin collection of papers, 1933-1990, 1933-1978 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Resnick, Milton, 1917-2004. Milton Resnick interviews, 1988 July 13-Oct. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1967 June 28-1968 July 8. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Harold and May Tabak Rosenberg papers, [ca. 1950-1985]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Spivak, Max, 1906-1981,. Oral history interview with Max Spivak, [circa 1963] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Spivak, Max, 1906-. Oral history interview with Max Spivak, [ca. 1963] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Liss, Joseph. Oral history interview with Joseph Liss, 1982 Aug. 10. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Spivak, Max, 1906-. Max Spivak interview, [ca. 1963] [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Resnick, Milton, 1917-. Oral history interview with Milton Resnick, 1988 July 13-Oct. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Chicago, Judy, 1939-. Oral history interview with Judy Chicago, 2009 Aug. 7-8. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lehman, Harold, 1913-. Oral history interview with Harold Lehman, 1997 Mar. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1970 Dec. 17-1973 Jan. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Oral history interview with Harold Rosenberg, 1970 Dec. 17-1973 Jan. 28. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Harold Rosenberg Papers, 1923-1984. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978,. Harold Rosenberg interviews, 1967 June 28-1968 July 8 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978. Harold and May Tabak Rosenberg papers, [ca. 1880-1985]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Klement, Vera. Vera Klement papers, 1946-2001. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Harold Rosenberg papers, 1923-1984 Getty Research Institute
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associatedWith Bellow, Saul person
associatedWith Bellow, Saul. person
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associatedWith Chicago, Judy, 1939- person
associatedWith Club (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Cummings, Paul person
associatedWith Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964. person
associatedWith De Kooning, Willem, 1904- person
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associatedWith Kristol, Irving. person
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associatedWith Raeburn, Ben. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Subject
World War, 1939-1945--Art and the war
Educator--Interviews
Art critics--Interviews
Authors--Interviews
Abstract Expressionism
New York school of art
Art, American
Art--Economic aspects
Art--Study and teaching
Art criticism
Surrealism
Art--Political aspects
Art and literature
Art--Philosophy
Existentialism
Art critics
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
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Birth 1906-02-02

Death 1978-07-11

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