Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, and Alexander Calder

Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, and Alexander Calder

by Elizabeth H. Turner, Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Alexander Calder
     
 

During the 1920s, when cultural exchange across the Atlantic suddenly became heady and reciprocal, Americans traveling to Paris found their americanisme embraced. The French avant-garde, fueled by tempos and freedoms, loved jazz and the visual elegance of Machine Age aesthetics. The American fascination with technology, which electrified their work, gave new charge to… See more details below

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During the 1920s, when cultural exchange across the Atlantic suddenly became heady and reciprocal, Americans traveling to Paris found their americanisme embraced. The French avant-garde, fueled by tempos and freedoms, loved jazz and the visual elegance of Machine Age aesthetics. The American fascination with technology, which electrified their work, gave new charge to European art. Paris welcomed Gerald Murphy, whose billboard-sized cubist icon dominated the 1924 Salon des Independants and launched a brief but briliant career; Stuart Davis, who explored the continuity between cubist painting, lithography, and jazz at the atelier Desjobert; Man Ray, who abandoned oils to begin "painting with light" in his movies and rayographs; and Alexander Calder whose wire circuses and portraits inspired critics to acknowledge art's inherent playfulness. Americans in Paris documents the work and influence of these four notables of the avant-garde, who startle and delight us even today.

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name organized by The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Essays are organized around the theme of Paris, seen through the eyes first of the four young American artists, then the Parisian critics and journalists who commented on their efforts, and finally a contemporary American writer reflecting on the importance of Paris for the 20th-century imagination. The plates unfold a decade of work in an arrangement that shows how the art and aesthetics of the four artists embraced new aspects of time, space, and movement. 10.5x12.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887178136
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Series:
The Phillips Collection
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
10.43(w) x 12.54(h) x 0.89(d)

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