The Challenge of the Avant-Garde / Edition 1

The Challenge of the Avant-Garde / Edition 1

by Paul Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300077629

ISBN-13: 9780300077629

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

The Challenge of the Avant-Garde is the fourth of six books in the series Art and its Histories, which form the main texts of an Open University course. The course has been designed for students who are new to the discipline but will also appeal to those who have undertaken some study in this area. This volume traces the challenge posed to the academic canon by the…  See more details below

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The Challenge of the Avant-Garde is the fourth of six books in the series Art and its Histories, which form the main texts of an Open University course. The course has been designed for students who are new to the discipline but will also appeal to those who have undertaken some study in this area. This volume traces the challenge posed to the academic canon by the emergent avant-garde of the early and mid-nineteenth century. It looks at significant shifts in the development of the concept, both in moves away from the sense of social leadership to a desire for artistic autonomy in the later nineteenth century and then a reverse movement to bridge the gap between art and life in the revolutionary avant-gardes of the early twentieth century. The book closes with an examination of the eventual incorporation of the avant-garde as a form of modern canon by the eve of World War II. Throughout, it seeks to relate the discourse of artistic avant-gardism in all its forms to contemporary social and political histories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300077629
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Art and Its Histories Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.61(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface6
Introduction: the avant-garde and modernism7
Pt. 1The Early Avant-Garde
1The avant-garde from the July Monarchy to the Second Empire35
2Material differences: the early avant-garde in France56
3Photography and modernity in nineteenth-century France70
4Modernity in Germany: the many sides of Adolph Menzel91
Pt. 2The Avant-Garde in its Own Right
5The avant-garde and the Paris Commune113
6Caillebotte, masculinity, and the bourgeois gaze137
7Exhibiting modernity: the 1889 Universal Exhibition and the Eiffel Tower156
8Exhibiting 'les Independants': Gauguin and the Cafe Volpini show164
Pt. 3'The Point is to Change it'
9The avant-garde in the early twentieth century183
10The Futurists: transcontinental avant-gardism204
11The revolutionary avant-gardes: Dada, Constructivism and Surrealism226
Conclusion: for and against the avant-garde257
Recommended reading273
Index277

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