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Art of the Avant-Gardes discusses the development of modern art in the first third of the twentieth century. It introduces the main themes of art in the period and summarizes the political context in which it developed: the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the subsequent consolidation of the European dictatorships. The book is the second volume in the Art of the Twentieth Century series. With hundreds of full color illustrations, the book presents numerous case studies that illuminate the important idea of "expression" in art, related questions of Orientalism and the "primitive," aspects of Cubism, the development of abstract art, and the radical avant-garde movements - Dada, Soviet Constructivism, Surrealism.

Author Biography: Steve Edwards is research lecturer, The Open University. Paul Wood is senior lecturer in art history, The Open University.

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This focused collection of essays addresses the development of modern art from 1905 until the 1930s. Designated the second textbook in a four-volume series for an Open University art history course, the book is divided into topical sections on Expressionism, Cubism, abstract art, and radical avant-garde movements such as Dada and Surrealism. Most textbooks synthesize previous scholarship into a clear-cut narrative, but Edwards and Wood, both Open University professors, employ a more sophisticated strategy. Each essay addresses scholarly debates in art history and explains the critical theories that support the arguments in direct language. For example, Edwards's exciting essay on cubist collage includes Clement Greenburg's ideas on kitsch and the avant-garde, Ferdinand de Saussure's linguistic theories, and Theodor Adorno's notion of the "culture industry." In addition, the essays are peppered with questions in boldface type that prompt the reader to engage with individual works of art analytically. Strongly recommended for all art libraries and specialized public libraries.-Katherine C. Adams, Bowdoin Coll. Lib., Brunswick, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300101416
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2004
  • Series: Art of the Twentieth Century
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Expression and expressionism
Ch. 1 Expressionism and the crisis of subjectivity 13
Ch. 2 Gender and the fauves : flirting with 'wild beasts' 63
Ch. 3 Orientalism, modernism and indigenous identity 85
Ch. 4 Bonnard and Matisse : expression and emotion 109
Pt. 2 Aspects of Cubism
Ch. 5 Approaches to Cubism 135
Ch. 6 Dusty mannequins : modern art and primitivism 157
Ch. 7 Cubist collage 185
Pt. 3 The emergence of abstraction
Ch. 8 The idea of an abstract art 229
Ch. 9 'English' abstraction : Nicholson, Hepworth and Moore in the 1930s 273
Pt. 4 The critical avant-gardes
Ch. 10 Art, love and social emancipation : on the concept 'avant-garde' and the interwar avant-gardes 307
Ch. 11 Narrating the Dada game plan 339
Ch. 12 Soviet Constructivism 359
Ch. 13 'Profane illumination' : photography and photomontage in the USSR and Germany 395
Ch. 14 Surrealism 1924-1929 427
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