Late Style and its Discontents, a book edited by Gordon McMullan and Sam Smiles takes a critical look at the concept of late style in music, literature and painting. Lewison’s article on Picasso examines the way in which, in the last twenty years of his life, Picasso painted subjects relating to his old age in a manner impacted by his psychological and physical condition. Lewison’s survey of Picasso’s later paintings takes into account psychoanalytical and psychological literature about the aged and maps its findings onto Picasso’s output and life.
Lewison’s contribution to the Abstract Expressionism catalogue, edited by David Anfam, is an essay titled “A New Sprit of Freedom: Abstract Expressionism in Europe in the Aftermath of War’, which surveys the impact of this major American movement in Europe in the 1940s and 1950s. In it Lewison discusses its promotion as a tool of cultural and political propaganda as well as the critical and artistic impact it had in Britain, Germany, Italy and France.