Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction: The Early Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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The second of four books which together constitute the main texts of an Open University course on art and its interpretation from the mid- 19th century to the end of the 1920s. Although organized chronologically, each chapter investigates a period or movement in relation to broader theoretical issues and problems of interpretation, raising questions about historical enquiry and methodology as well as about the status of "art." Generously illustrated in b&w and color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300055160
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Series: Modern Art--Practices and Debates Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.65 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Primitivism and the 'Modern' 3
Introduction: Primitivism in art - historical debate 3
Pt. 1 'The going away' - a preparation for the 'modern'? 9
'Clogs and granite': Brittany and Pont-Aven 10
'Pillaging the savages of Oceania': Gauguin and Tahiti 28
Primitivism and Kulturkritik: Worpswede in the 1890s 34
Pt. 2 The decorative, the expressive and the primitive 46
The decorative and the 'culte de la vie': Matisse and Fauvism 46
The expression and the Expressionist 62
Expression and the body 67
Conclusion 83
Ch. 2 Realism and Ideology: An Introduction to Semiotics and Cubism 87
Introduction 87
Representation: language, signs, realism 100
Art and semiotics 104
Realism, ideology and the 'discursive' in Cubism 135
Artistic subcultures: signs and meaning 174
Conclusion 178
Ch. 3 Abstraction 184
Abstraction, figuration and representation 185
On interpretation 212
Autonomy 219
Kazimir Malevich 228
Piet Mondrian 250
Index 265
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