Author: Ilia Dorontchenkov
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2009-06-10
From the first Modernist exhibitions in the late 1890s to the Soviet rupture with the West in the mid-1930s, Russian artists and writers came into wide contact with modern European art and ideas. Introducing a wealth of little-known material set in an illuminating interpretive context, this sourcebook presents Russian and Soviet views of Western art during this critical period of cultural transformation. The writings document complex responses to these works and ideas before the Russians lost contact with them almost entirely. Many of these writings have been unavailable to foreign readers and, until recently, were not widely known even to Russian scholars. Both an important reference and a valuable resource for classrooms, the book includes an introductory essay and shorter introductions to the individual sections.
PROVENANCE is a thrilling and emotional tale about the redemptive power of love, the healing influence of the arts and the ultimate aspiration--freedom. In an expansive saga that weaves historical fact with fiction across five decades and three generations, PROVENANCE is the story of one American family determined to escape the barriers of race, class and gender. A fateful accident changes the course of Hank Whitaker's life. Now, decades later, another accident forces him to change everything for his family. On his death bed, Hank confesses to his wife, Maggie, and 18-year-old son, Lance, that he is a black man--passing for white. Hank's revelation and Virginia's racial integrity laws make Maggie a criminal and, despite his racially ambiguous appearance, Lance must now abide by the brutally restrictive laws that govern the lives of Negroes in the segregated south. At the insistence of Maggie's indomitable mother Charlotte, the family flees the provincial south for Paris; hoping to defy racism like many African Americans did in the early 20th century. Seeking solace in the cafEs, clubs, salons and art galleries, as well as the boudoirs of the City of Light, Lance eventually finds purpose within the vibrant community of talented artists and wealthy expatriates who define the art world after World War I. Like his father before him, Lance's glorious life, based on secrets and lies, eventually begins to unravel, exacting a heavy toll on him and the woman he dares to love. By challenging a privileged society designed to make it impossible to achieve anything, PROVENANCE's flawed and captivating characters succeed by gaining unparalleled access to everything. However, they must ultimately come to terms with who they are--evoking Shakespeare's caution, "to thine own self be true," or pay the price for living a lie.
Author: Janet C. Bishop
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2011
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 21-Sept. 6, 2011, the Reunion des Musees Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, Oct. 3, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Feb. 21-June 3, 2012.
Author: Maria Lafont
Release Date: 2016-04-07
Born in 1878 to a wealthy Ukrainian family, Angelica Balabanoff broke ties with her parents and left for Europe to become one of the leading female socialists of the early 20th century. Just five feet tall, plump and plain, she was rumored to be a lover of Mussolini, Lenin, and Trotsky. Returning to Russia at the beginning of the October Revolution, she became one of the few women to occupy high-ranking positions within the all-male Bolshevik government, later fleeing Russia in disagreement with Lenin’s politics. She was accused by European and American secret services of promoting communist propaganda, and by the Soviets of disloyalty. She lived in small dormitory-like rooms, moving on average every two years with her two suitcases of important documents. She died in Rome at the age of 96, concluding her 65-year career by supporting Giuseppe Saragat in his quest to become president of Italy. During her nomadic life, state and police agencies in the countries she visited compiled documents on her. The author draws on this extensive, scattered archive in this first biography of Balabanoff.
Author: Yve-Alain Bois
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Fiercely competitive, Matisse and Picasso engaged in one of the most formidable artistic dialogues of this century. The intense beginning of the relationship between the two artists - from the time they met in 1906 until 1917, when Matisse left for Nice - has already been amply studied, but their continuous exchange during the second part of their careers has never been examined in detail. In Matisse and Picasso, Yve-Alain Bois stages the intertwined evolution of the two giants of modern art as if it were an ongoing game of chess between two masters. As Joachim Pissarro points out in the foreword of this volume, Matisse and Picasso's dense plot and rich narrative make this work read more like a suspense novel than a traditional art history treatise. Bois' thoroughly researched historical demonstration is supported by striking visual juxtapositions of works by the two artists brought together here for the first time, making this long-awaited study a major contribution to the history of twentieth-century art.
Author: Russell T. Clement
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date: 1996
The first comprehensive, scholarly sourcebook/research guide/bibliography on the major French Symbolists painters, this work includes nearly 3,000 entries covering a variety of materials. Each artist receives a primary and secondary bibliography with many annotated entries. Art works, personal names, and subject indexes facilitate easy access. The volume is designed for art historians, art students, museum and gallery curators, and others interested in this major art style of the last half of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. Art museums and art libraries in both the United States and abroad were gleaned for sources. This is a unique and substantial research tool. Symbolism is one of the most difficult art movements to define. Its primary meaning is the representation of things by symbols, by the imaginative suggestion of dreams and the subconscious through symbolic allusion and luxuriant decoration. The writings of Charles Baudelaire on the arts powerfully influenced the aesthetic theories of Symbolist artists and critics from 1860-1900, much as Baudelaire's poetics were the root of Symbolist literature. The Symbolist work, be it painting or poem, is above all personal and revelatory, precious not commonplace, reflecting and evoking a journey of the imagination. French Symbolist artists explored this style, attitude, and atmosphere from the 1880s to the early twentieth century. This sourcebook organizes biographical, historical, and critical information on four major French Symbolist artists: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-98), Gustave Moreau (1826-98), Odilon Redon (1840-1916), and Maurice Denis (1870-1943). The first three artists are recognized as originators of the movement. Denis is regarded as Symbolist's foremost theorist and profoundly religious practitioner. Although all four artists have been the focus of major retrospective exhibitions since 1990, no comprehensive sourcebook/bibliography exists.
"American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) quickly became one of art history's most luminescent personalities; his friendships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna, as well as his tragic death at the age of twenty-seven, are the stuff of legend. This retrospective publication traces the artist's unique career and pinpoints his important position in art history. Basquiat's works are marked by the kind of intensity and energy that also determined the course of his brief life. In just eight years--comparable to the career of Egon Schiele--Basquiat not only managed to create an extensive oeuvre, but also to establish new figurative and expressive elements alongside Conceptual and Minimal Art. At the age of twenty-one, he became the youngest artist ever to be invited to the documenta, while his work also anticipated that of Germany's Junge Wilde movement and the art of the nineties."--Publisher's website.
Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti, each in their own way, deeply disrupted existing artistic codes and pushed the barriers of established aesthetic canons. This tome reveals the dialogue, largely unexplored until now, between the artists on the subjects and questions central to their work. The two legendary twentieth-century artists shared a vast network of acquaintances and sources of inspiration, which are mapped out in a constellation diagram. More than one hundred full-page reproductions of their works establish clear correlations in their artistic production, and expert authors offer incisive insight on these links, drawing on previously unpublished documents. An anthology of historical texts offers the perspective of the master artists' contemporaries. This volume reproduces the principal works and text from the Picasso-Giacometti exhibition held at the Mus�e Picasso in Paris from October 4, 2016 to‒February 5, 2017, produced in conjunction with the Mus�e Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti and traveling to Qatar in spring 2017.
Author: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Release Date: 2013-06-01
This new edition of MoMA Highlights is a fresh consideration of the Museum’s superlative collection of modern and contemporary art. It presents a rich chronological overview of the most significant artworks from each of MoMA's curatorial departments—painting and sculpture, drawings, prints and illustrated books, photography, architecture and design, film, and media and performance art—with each work represented by a vibrant image and a short informative text. This redesigned volume features 115 new works since the previous edition, many of them recent acquisitions, ranging from typefaces to sculptures to conceptual performances that reflect the Museum’s ongoing dedication to the art of our time. MoMA Highlights is an indispensable resource for exploring one of the premier art collections in the world.
Published to accompany the first exhibition in Paris of highlights from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Being Modern tells the stories behind 120 select artworks and design objects acquired by MoMA between the late 19th century and the present, providing a unique insight into the making of one of the greatest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. Featuring work from all six of the Museum's departments, from Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad (1925) to the recently acquired original set of 176 digital emoji, the catalogue highlights the diversity and topicality of MoMA's collection, and provides a fresh perspective on the modernist canon. The book is organized chronologically according to the year each artwork entered MoMA's collection. Short texts by museum curators accompany each work, providing an overview of its significance as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the acquisitions process, often an untold aspect of a museum's history. Rather than presenting the collection as a flawlessly structured, stable entity, the book reveals its complex evolution and wide-ranging scope, demonstrating multiple ways of looking at MoMA's multidisciplinary collection.
The final volume in a series of books that presents a new and comprehensive history of photography through works in MoMA's collection. Photography at MoMA: 1860-1920 is the final volume in a set of three books that together present a new and comprehensive history of photography through works in MoMA's collection. Richly illustrated with over 400 reproductions, the book charts the medium from its invention through its participation in international art movements such as Pictorialism and modernism. It offers a fresh lens through which to appreciate works of exceptional significance, surprise, and influence, encouraging creative new readings. Beginning with an in-depth introduction, the book includes eight chapters of full-colour plates, each introduced by a short essay. Masterworks by photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Nadar, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Henry Fox Talbot, August Sander, Edward Steichen and Carleton Watkins appear alongside lesser-known gems and vernacular forms of photography.
Author: Claude Monet
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Release Date: 2005
"Without question, Claude Monet (1840-1926) ranks among the most beloved artists of all time. Often referred to as the founding member of the impressionist movement. Monet popularized the style of painting referred to as en plein air, which he learned from his teacher Eugene Boudin in Le Havre. Monet soon formed a group of painters that included Camille Pissarro and Pierre Auguste Renoir and would eventually become known as the impressionists. Nature provided an endless source of inspiration for Monet, as is reflected in his many depictions of the gardens and ponds at Giverny, his country retreat along the Seine in northern France. This volume showcases the artist's most renowned canvases, including his rendering of London's Houses of Parliament, the Rouen Cathedral, and his world-famous Water Lilies series."--BOOK JACKET.