Brancusi Vs United States the Historic Trial 1928

Author: Margit Rowell
Publisher: Vilo Publishing
ISBN: STANFORD:36105064091346
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Art museums

When Marcel Duchamp arrived in New York in October 1926 with a consignment of Brancusi sculptures for a one-man exhibition of the sculptor's work, a series of events began which resulted in a new definition of art in America. The American Customs authorities denied Brancusi's sculptures the duty-free entry which normally applied to works of art, on the grounds that the works did not appear to be sculpture. Duchamp appealed on Brancusi's behalf, and the resulting trial, Brancusi vs. United States, became famous as the moment at which the legal definition ora work of art changed to embrace the modern. The trial focussed around the 1923 work, Bird in Space. Slender, tapered and bronze in color, with a mirror-like surface, to the authorities it appeared to be some kind of industrial object, certainly not one with the characteristics of art: Q: Why do you regard Exhibit I as not a work of art? A: It is too abstract and a misuse of the form of sculpture... I don't think it has the sense of beauty. Q: ... If it had been given a head to it would that have aroused that sense of beauty in you to designate it as art? Now, for the first time, the complete minutes of the trial are available -- reprinted from the original transcript preserved in the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.

Provoking Democracy

Author: Caroline Levine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470766255
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad. Covers a broad range of topics, from disputes over public art, copyright, and obscenity, to the operations of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War Highlights detailed and at times shocking debates over the role of the rebellious artist within society

Censoring Sex

Author: John E. Semonche
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9780742572751
Release Date: 2007-07-20
Genre: History

In this gracefully written, accessible and entertaining volume, John Semonche surveys censorship for reasons of sex from the nineteenth century up until the present. He covers the various forms of American media—books and periodicals, pictorial art, motion pictures, music and dance, and radio, television, and the Internet. Despite the varieties of censorship, running from self-censorship to government bans, a common story is told. In each of the areas, Semonche explains via abundant examples how and why censorship took place. He also details how the cultural territory contested by those advocating and opposing censorship diminished over the course of the last two centuries.


Author: Caroline Levine
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400852604
Release Date: 2015-01-04
Genre: Literary Criticism

Forms offers a powerful new answer to one of the most pressing problems facing literary, critical, and cultural studies today—how to connect form to political, social, and historical context. Caroline Levine argues that forms organize not only works of art but also political life—and our attempts to know both art and politics. Inescapable and frequently troubling, forms shape every aspect of our experience. Yet, forms don't impose their order in any simple way. Multiple shapes, patterns, and arrangements, overlapping and colliding, generate complex and unpredictable social landscapes that challenge and unsettle conventional analytic models in literary and cultural studies. Borrowing the concept of "affordances" from design theory, this book investigates the specific ways that four major forms—wholes, rhythms, hierarchies, and networks—have structured culture, politics, and scholarly knowledge across periods, and it proposes exciting new ways of linking formalism to historicism and literature to politics. Levine rereads both formalist and antiformalist theorists, including Cleanth Brooks, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Mary Poovey, and Judith Butler, and she offers engaging accounts of a wide range of objects, from medieval convents and modern theme parks to Sophocles's Antigone and the television series The Wire. The result is a radically new way of thinking about form for the next generation and essential reading for scholars and students across the humanities who must wrestle with the problem of form and context.

Forbes Watson

Author: Lenore Clark
Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 0873387104
Release Date: 2001-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This is a biography of Forbes Watson, art commentator for the New York Evening Post and New York World but probably best known as the editor of The Arts, an influential art magazine of the 1920s.

To Whom it May Concern

Author: Frederik Swennen
Publisher: ASP / VUBPRESS / UPA
ISBN: 9789054878964
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Cultural property

This essay is a shot across the bow of public and private actors, encouraging them to show their colours on public-private partnerships (PPP) on cultural heritage. Encounters between public and private partners on cultural heritage have not yet come of age; as such, an exploration into the means to develop the current one-way shifts of resources between public and private actors towards full-grown PPP-projects is necessary. This essay contains a short exploration from a legal and a managerial perspective, and focuses on art collections, art storage and artists' archives as representative examples of creative entrepreneurship in the field of movable cultural heritage. It concludes that after both public and private partners have reached the right mindset, tax and legal measures must be improved to serve as leverage for PPP projects.


Author: Kunstverein in Hamburg
Publisher: Christoph Keller Revolver Verlag
ISBN: UCSD:31822034624999
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Art

A plea for public institutions to be open fields of learning, as formal education has its agenda set by notions of free market productivity. An "academy" can help to articulate incoherent dissatisfaction, and help to point us towards knowledge as yet unknown.

America History and Life

Author: Eric H. Boehm
ISBN: UOM:39015065458260
Release Date: 1999
Genre: United States

Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

Constantin Brancusi

Author: Pierre Cabanne
Publisher: Pierre Terrail
ISBN: STANFORD:36105111940206
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Sculptors

Brancusi est avec Rodin le plus grand sculpteur du XXe siècle. D'origine roumaine, né au pied des Carpates en 1876, venu à Paris en 1904, il y rencontre Modigliani et se lie d'amitié avec Marcel Duchamp. Quelques années plus tard, il s'installe dans la pittoresque et vétuste cité de l'impasse Ronsin qu'il ne quittera plus jusqu'à sa mort, en 1957. Il y élaborera dans le bois, le marbre et la pierre, une œuvre dont les formes épurées, partant de la nature, aboutissent souvent à l'abstraction. Têtes, femmes ou muses, oiseaux et animaux, ovoïdes aux contours caressants, grands élancements raffinés en composent l'essentiel. L'Amérique le révèle au fameux Armory Show de 1913. La France, où il fait d'abord scandale, le consacre ensuite et bientôt la Roumanie le célèbre en lui commandant l'ensemble monumental de Tirgu-Jiu où se dresse la légendaire " Colonne sans fin " haute de trente mètres. Patriarche solitaire, il polit, peaufine, répète, déplace et photographie sans cesse sculptures et socles qu'il lèguera à l'Etat français. Ses ateliers ont été entièrement reconstruits devant le Centre Georges Pompidou.

Art Cultural Heritage and the Market

Author: Valentina Vadi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783642450945
Release Date: 2014-01-27
Genre: Law

In the age of economic globalisation, do art and heritage matter? Once the domain of elitist practitioners and scholars, the governance of cultural heritage and the destiny of iconic artefacts have emerged as the new frontier of international law, making headlines and attracting the varied interests of academics and policy-makers, museum curators and collectors, human rights activists and investment lawyers and artists and economists, just to mention a few. The return of cultural artefacts to their legitimate owners, the recovery of underwater cultural heritage and the protection and promotion of artistic expressions are just some of the pressing issues addressed by this book. Contemporary intersections between art, cultural heritage and the market are complicated by a variety of ethical and legal issues, which often describe complex global relations. Should works of art be treated differently from other goods? What happens if a work of art, currently exhibited in a museum, turns out to have originally been looted? What is the relevant legal framework? What should be done with ancient shipwrecks filled with objects from former colonies? Should such objects be kept by the finders? Should they be returned to the country of origin? This book addresses these different questions while highlighting the complex interplay between legal and ethical issues in the context of cultural governance. The approach is mainly legal but interdisciplinary aspects are considered as well.

Ed Ruscha Photographer

Author: Margit Rowell
Publisher: Steidl Dap
ISBN: 3865212069
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Photography

Although known for his paintings and drawings, California artist Ed Ruscha has also attracted critical attention for his photography. A new exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Ed Ruscha, Photographer, departs from earlier analyses to explore how the artists different disciplinespainting, drawing, printmaking, and photographyare guided and shaped by a single vision. Ruschas relationship to photography is complex and ambivalent and his work is difficult to define. He has referred to his photography as a hobby but from the outset it has drawn considerable critical interest. The small books of photographs that Ruscha produced in the sixties and seventies earned him a reputation as an underground artist among his peers, and have influenced subsequent generations of artists in Europe and North America. The photographs were snapshot size, with an amateurish quality that intrigued his contemporaries. Neither purely documentary nor solely artistic, their subject matter was stereotypical and banal, with motifs drawn from sites in Southern California or the western United States. This, combined with their serial presentation, created a mythical road-movie or photo-novel effect with Beat Generation innuendos and inspired interest among artists at a time when serial logic was prominent in Pop art and Minimalism, and later in Conceptual art. Margit Rowell is an art historian, critic and museum curator working mostly in Paris and New York. Working independently today, her earlier long-term affiliations were with the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Musée National dArt Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she organized exhibitions of classical modern and contemporary artists (among them Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Sigmar Polke, and Luciano Fabro). In 2004, she organized a major exhibition of the drawings of Ed Ruscha for the Whitney Museum of American Art, which traveled to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and inspired the present study of Ed Ruschas photographs.

From Picasso to Pollock

Publisher: Guggenheim Museum Publications
ISBN: UOM:39015061184019
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Art

Essays by Jan Avgikos, Bridget Alsdorf, Daniel Abadie, Ivy Barsky, Jennifer Blessing, Marek Bartelik, Tracey Bashkoff, Susan Cross, Matthew Drutt, Cornelia Lauf, Ingrid Schaffner, Fiona J. Ragheb, Nancy Spector, Joan Young, et al.

Visual Arts and the Law

Author: Ms Judith B Prowda
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781848221321
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Art

This essential handbook offers art professionals and collectors an accessible legal analysis of important principles in art law, as well as a practical guide to legal rights when creating, buying, selling and collecting art in a global market. Although the book is international in scope, there is a particular focus on the US as a major art centre and the site of countless key international court cases. This authoritative but accessible and wide-ranging volume is essential reading for arts advisors, collectors, dealers, auction houses, museums, investors, artists, attorneys and students of art and law.