Objects Of Desire

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An incisive exploration of the still life genre as artists have rediscovered and reshaped it in the 20th century, Objects of Desire proves that despite the century's hostility toward older aesthetic conventions, avant-garde artists of many schools have made of the still life a vital opportunity for invention. From Matisse, Picasso, and Braque to the Dadaists, Surrealists, and Pop artists and finally to contemporary creators like Cindy Sherman and Charles Ray, the still life has hardly led a stolid, stable, or ...
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Cloth, gilt, 231 pp., illus. (some col.), biblio.; 29 cm. Catalogue of an exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 25 to August 26, 1997, and the ... Hayward Gallery, London, October 9, 1997 to January 4, 1998. Near fine. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Top right corner lightly bumped. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. Richly illustrated with colour plates. CONTENTS: The world as perceptual field; Anatomies of structure; Real fictions; Metaphysical painting: modern classicisms/ideal geometries; Forms of new objectivity; Allegories of life and death: tradition revisited and transformed; Languages of surrealism, languages of subversion; The mechanisms of consumer culture; Postmodern simulacra; Cezanne and Magritte revisited. Read more Show Less

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An incisive exploration of the still life genre as artists have rediscovered and reshaped it in the 20th century, Objects of Desire proves that despite the century's hostility toward older aesthetic conventions, avant-garde artists of many schools have made of the still life a vital opportunity for invention. From Matisse, Picasso, and Braque to the Dadaists, Surrealists, and Pop artists and finally to contemporary creators like Cindy Sherman and Charles Ray, the still life has hardly led a stolid, stable, or staunch existence. Originally a subject reserved for painting, the genre has progressively invaded the arena of sculpture, its themes reinvented in the provocative assemblages called "readymades," its forms recast continuously into the present. Published to accompany a major 1997 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Objects of Desire traces a radical rethinking of the genre in terms of subject matter and formal invention.
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This catalog presents the first show by the Museum of Modern Art to consider the full sweep of 20th-century artists' still lifes, one of the lasting genres of the Western tradition. After a historical introduction and a consideration of the inescapable influence of Czanne's later works, Rowell, chief curator in the Department of Drawings, convincingly argues that the show's disparate works demonstrate a "progressive development" rather than a "radical subversion and destruction of earlier traditions." Nonetheless, the more than 130 pieces in the surveyopening with Picasso's proto-Cubist "Pitcher, Bowl, and Lemon" (1907); proceeding through Dada objects, Surrealist allegories, and Pop icons; and concluding with mostly sculptural works from the 1990swill indicate to many readers nothing less than the eradication of the very meaning of "still life." This is perhaps the show's great accomplishment: using a "minor" genre to frame nothing less than the full progression of 20th-century art, with all its tangents and tensions. Moreover, the book provides access to works from many of the world's greatest collections and a very readable text. Highly recommended for most libraries.Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870701108
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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