An Eye on the Modern Century: Selected Letters of Henry McBride

An Eye on the Modern Century: Selected Letters of Henry McBride

by Henry McBride
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300083262

ISBN-13: 9780300083262

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

Henry McBride (1867-1962) became a towering figure in art criticism during a long career that began in 1913—the year of the famous Armory Show in New York that opened American eyes to avant-garde developments in European art—and continued until the advent of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A sensitive and discerning observer of the

Overview

Henry McBride (1867-1962) became a towering figure in art criticism during a long career that began in 1913—the year of the famous Armory Show in New York that opened American eyes to avant-garde developments in European art—and continued until the advent of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A sensitive and discerning observer of the changing cultural landscape, McBride not only wrote prolifically for publication but also corresponded extensively. In this remarkable collection of selected letters, Henry McBride describes some of the most important events and figures of twentieth-century modernism. Written in a characteristically charming, gossipy, and warm-hearted style, these letters reveal McBride's responses to revolutionary changes in the world of art and in the world at large.

Closely allied to the pivotal circles that shaped modern culture, McBride counted among his correspondents such friends as Gertrude Stein, Carl Van Vechten, the Stettheimer sisters, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Marianne Moore. His letters, along with the biographical introduction, headnotes, and rich annotation provided in this volume, present a unique perspective on twentieth-century modernism by one of its most ardent supporters.

About the Author:
Steven Watson is a cultural historian and the author of Prepare for Saints. Catherine J. Morris is a writer and curator.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300083262
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Henry McBride Series in Modernism and Modernity
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSvi
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSvii
NOTES ON THE TEXTix
INTRODUCTION: The Cultivation of Henry McBride1
HENRY MCBRIDE: A Biographical Sketch17
LETTERS, 1894-195935
ART CRITICISM AT THE BEGINNING OF MCBRIDE'S CAREER81
GERTRUDE STEIN91
THE DIAL122
THE STETTHEIMER SISTERS136
MALCOLM MACADAM145
CALLICASTE165
MCBRIDE'S YEARS AT CREATIVE ART182
MCBRIDE AND FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS244
MCBRIDE MEETS MAX MILTZLAFF278
CHANGES IN THE 1950s317
MCBRIDE'S COLLECTION327
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES341
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY357
INDEX361

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