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Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection
     

Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection

by Lewis Kachur, William C. Agee (Introduction)
 

Modernism, referring to the period dating roughly from the late 19th century through 1970, is regarded as a crucial moment in the history of American art. Although Modernist artists adopted a wide range of styles, they were tied by a desire to interpret the rapidly changing nature of society, and to cast aside the conventions of representational art. Some, such as

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Modernism, referring to the period dating roughly from the late 19th century through 1970, is regarded as a crucial moment in the history of American art. Although Modernist artists adopted a wide range of styles, they were tied by a desire to interpret the rapidly changing nature of society, and to cast aside the conventions of representational art. Some, such as Stuart Davis and Joseph Stella, responded to consumerism, urbanism, and industrial technology, while others, such as Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe, found inspiration in nature and the traditional Native American culture of the Southwest. This magnificent new book presents the works of the Vilcek Collection, an unparalleled private collection of American Modernist art. Jan and Marica Vilcek acquired their first American Modernist work in 2001, and have since assembled an amazing collection of masterworks representative of a crucial moment in the history of American art.

Art historian Lewis Kachur explores almost 100 rarely seen paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by more than 20 leading artists active during the first half of the last century, while William C. Agee contributes an authoritative introduction. Lavishly illustrated throughout, Masterpieces of American Modernism offers an outstanding overview of the radical shift in art that this movement represents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858945958
Publisher:
Merrell Publishers, LTD
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

LEWIS KACHUR is Associate Professor of Art History at Kean University, New Jersey.

WILLIAM C. AGEE is Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York. He specializes in modern art in America from 1900 to 1970, and has published widely on Modernist artists.

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