Creative Composites: Modernism, Race, and the Stieglitz Circle

Creative Composites: Modernism, Race, and the Stieglitz Circle

by Lauren Kroiz

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In turn-of-the-century New York, the photographer and modern art impresario Alfred Stieglitz and his allies embraced a racialized aesthetic discourse in their expressions of identity in the modern era. This book examines the often-neglected role played by immigrant artists and critics in the Stieglitz circle, including Japanese-German author Sadakichi Hartmann, Mexican-born caricaturist Marius de Zayas and English Sri-Lankan curator Ananda Coomaraswamy, as well as better-known U.S.-born painters, including Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe. Creative Composites argues for a new understanding of early American modernism as a “composite modernism.” It analyzes episodes in the Stieglitz circle’s use of diverse new media – photography, caricature, film, and collage – to frame their modernist practice as part of the ongoing national dilemma of integrating difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520272491
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/06/2012
Series: The Phillips Collection Book Prize Series , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 271
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lauren Kroiz is Assistant Professor in the department of Art History at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents


1. Defining Straight Photography: Artistic Pluralism or Assimilation to Painting’s “Foreign Tongue”
2. “The Caricaturist’s Way”: Abstraction and Constructive Miscegenation
3. The Promise of Cinema: Harnessing Spirit, Nation, and Art
4. The Sense of Things: Collage, Illustration, and Regional American Culture

Selected Bibliography
List of Illustrations

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