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Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

Overview

Swing Time accompanies an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, June - September 2013.

Introduces new audiences to Reginald Marsh's art while also providing a fresh perspective for those familiar with his work.

The book showcases 1930s social-realist painting and documentary photography
Include essays by leading scholars of American history, English literature, ...

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Overview

Swing Time accompanies an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, June - September 2013.

Introduces new audiences to Reginald Marsh's art while also providing a fresh perspective for those familiar with his work.

The book showcases 1930s social-realist painting and documentary photography
Include essays by leading scholars of American history, English literature, theater, American studies, photography.

Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York is the first major assessment of the work of 'American Scene' artist Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) in over 30 years. Focusing on 60 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sketches, drawn from public and private collections across the U.S., it puts Marsh's exuberant depictions of urban daily life within the context of 1930s America and the work of fellow artists such as Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Walt Kuhn, Guy Pene du Bois, Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein.

This striking volume looks at Marsh's fascination with New York street life around his 14th Street studio; the burlesque shows of Lower East Side and the Bowery, advertising hoardings and store displays, and the funfairs of Coney Island. He recorded these in numerous pencil sketches and photographs which formed the basis of his paintings and prints. Together, they tell a complex and contrasting visual story of New York City in this tumultuous time of social tension and economic uncertainty.

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“salutes the vivid world of 1930s New York City” Joanna Fantozzi, New York Daily News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907804090
  • Publisher: D Giles Limited
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 859,288
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, and Senior Fellow, Center for the Humanities, City University of New York; Erika Doss is Chair and Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame; Barbara Haskell is a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Jackson Lears is Board of Governors Professor of History, Rutgers University; Lance Mayer and Gay Myers are conservators; Sasha Nicholas is an independent curator.
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Table of Contents

Contents:
President's Foreword
Curator's Preface
Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and the Exuberant Chaos of Modern Life Barbara Haskell
Keeping the Carnival in Town: Reginald Marsh and the Culture of the 1930s Jackson Lears
The Urban Spectacle of Reginald Marsh Morris Dickstein
"Go Out into the Street, Stare at the People": Reginald Marsh and Surveillance Styles in Interwar American Art Erika Doss
Camera-Crazed: Reginald Marsh's Photographs Sasha Nicholas
Marsh's Techniques: The Craft of Painting and the Secrets of the Old Masters in Modern Times Lance Mayer and Gay Myers
Plates
Bibliography
Index
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