Clement Greenberg

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Birthday
16, 1909
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 7, 1994 (85)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
16, 1909
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 7, 1994 (85)

About

An influential art critic and essayist, he was an early promoter of the work of abstract expressionist artists. His best-known essay, "Avant-Garde and Kitsch," was published in the Partisan Review in 1939.

Before Fame

He graduated from Syracuse University in 1930. Fluent in Yiddish, Italian and German, he found early work as a translator.

Trivia

As an art critic for The Nation, he praised works of abstract expressionism.

Family Life

His parents were Russian immigrants who operated a string of businesses in New York City. During the mid-1930s, he had a brief marriage that produced a son.

Associated With

He championed the work of Jackson Pollock.