Modern Art Despite Modernism

Modern Art Despite Modernism

by Robert Storr
     
 

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Throughout the twentieth century, the evolution of mainstream Modernism in the arts has been shadowed and made complex by alternative expressions of a seemingly retrograde type, art that appears to set back the clock or to redirect the stream of progress. Modern Art Despite Modernism explores the anti-Modernist impulse in painting and sculpture through…  See more details below

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Throughout the twentieth century, the evolution of mainstream Modernism in the arts has been shadowed and made complex by alternative expressions of a seemingly retrograde type, art that appears to set back the clock or to redirect the stream of progress. Modern Art Despite Modernism explores the anti-Modernist impulse in painting and sculpture through socio-cultural conflicts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Texts by Robert Storr advocate the strengths of this impulse in paintings and drawings by Otto Dix, Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente and even Pablo Picasso--and note the enduring popularity of such artists as Pavel Tchelitchew, whose "Hide and Seek," along with Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World," remain among the public's favorite pictures. Storr also discusses taste and its implications, both part and present, for institutions like The Museum of Modern Art. This book was published as the second in a series of three titles, in conjunction with the millennial exhibitions schedule of MoMA2000 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, this volume explores the antimodernist impulse and, in so doing, presents a new vision of the complexities of modern art. In an in-depth study, Storr (senior curator in the Museum's department of painting and sculpture) traces the development of what he calls the anti-avant-garde, from its first appearance in European art after World War I through the reemergence of figuration in international work of the 1980s. In so doing, he discusses (among other topics) social, political and historical forces; how artists crossed the boundaries between modernism and the anti-avant-garde; changing notions of taste and the reception of avant-garde art in the U.S. Contains 198 illustrations, 172 of which are in color. Oversize: 9.25x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780870700347
Publisher:
The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
248

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