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Post-Impressionism to World Ward II is an exciting anthology of writings by artists, critics, and historians. The texts include primary sources from the 1880s to the eve of war in the late 1930s, knit together by classic analyses from critics such as Benjamin, Greenberg, and Burger. The volume also includes more recent critical interventions from a range of methodological perspectives, both well-known and less familiar. Introductory essays explore the key themes raised by the texts. The result is a vivid chronicle of avant-garde practice in Europe during an especially creative, and volatile, period of history.
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"This is a neat little collection of textual sources that will prove invaluable to students and teachers of high modernism. Debbie Lewer has done an excellent job in editing an exemplary selection of texts from the familiar to the obscure... This anthology represents the first book to be published as part of a new series: the Blackwell Anthologies in Art History. These books will provide overviews of major periods in art history. If they are all of this consistent quality then this will prove to be an excellent and invaluable series." The Art Book

Post-Impressionism to World War II is a skillfully selected anthology of texts on art history and theory which will be of great value to undergraduate and graduate students of art history and cultural theory.” Andrew Causey, University of Manchester

“At the heart of Debbie Lewer’s selection of texts lies a powerful sense ofthe way modern art intersected with broader political and cultural debates.This will prove to be an inspiring and enduring resource for students oftwentieth-century art.” David Hopkins, University of Glasgow

“This is an invaluable collection of the texts that set the terms for and responded to the modernist projects of the twentieth century, supported by clear, nuanced editorial essays situating them within a range of critical understandings.” Elizabeth Legge, University of Toronto

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111522
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/8/2005
  • Series: Blackwell Anthologies in Art History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Lewer is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Glasgow. She has published essays in Dada Zurich: A Clown’s Game from Nothing (edited by B. Pichon and K. Rihs, 1996) and Printed Matters: Printing, Publishing and Urban Culture in the Modern Period, (edited by M. Gee and T. Kirk, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Programs and manifestos 1
1 Post-impressionism 13
2 Why are we publishing a journal? 18
3 Notes of a painter 21
4 The founding and manifesto of futurism 28
5 Dada manifesto 33
6 The work ahead of us 35
7 First manifesto of surrealism 36
8 Introduction to "new objectivity" : German painting since expressionism 50
Pt. II Spirit and subjectivity 53
9 Gustave Moreau 69
10 Symbolism in painting : Paul Gauguin 71
11 From Abstraction and empathy : a contribution to the psychology of style 79
12 From On the spiritual in art 93
13 Mystery and creation 128
14 From cubism and futurism to suprematism : the new painterly realism 130
15 Neo-plasticism : the general principle of plastic equivalence 146
Pt. III Mass culture and modernity 155
16 The mass ornament 165
17 The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction 174
18 Avant-garde and kitsch 188
19 Modernism in the work of art 201
20 The hidden dialectic : avantgarde-technology-mass culture 218
Pt. IV Politics and the avant-garde 231
21 The politics of the avant-garde 240
22 From Theory of the avant-garde 253
23 Jugglers' fair beneath the gallows 265
24 Towards a free revolutionary art 270
25 The birth of socialist realism from the spirit of the Russian avant-garde 274
Pt. V Identity and appropriation 297
26 Going native 304
27 Virility and domination in early twentieth-century vanguard painting 320
28 Men's work? : masculinity and modernism 337
29 What the papers say : politics and ideology in Picasso's collages of 1912 349
30 Dada as "buffoonery and requiem at the same time" 366
31 Surrealism : fetishism's job 381
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