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Cult of the machine, precisionism and American art, Emma Acker, with Sue Canterbury, Adrian Daub, and Lauren Palmor

Label
Cult of the machine, precisionism and American art, Emma Acker, with Sue Canterbury, Adrian Daub, and Lauren Palmor
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Cult of the machine
Nature of contents
catalogsbibliography
Oclc number
1013528886
Responsibility statement
Emma Acker, with Sue Canterbury, Adrian Daub, and Lauren Palmor
Sub title
precisionism and American art
Summary
"A fresh look at a bold and dynamic 20th-century American art style<BR /><BR /> Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism fully emerged after World War I and flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. This insightful publication, featuring more than 100 masterworks by artists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, sheds new light on the Precisionistaesthetic and the intellectual concerns, excitement, tensions, and ambivalences about industrialization that helped develop this important strand of early American modernism.<BR /> <BR /> Essays explore the origins of the style--which reconciled realism with abstraction and adapted European art movements like Purism, Cubism, and Futurism to American subject matter--as well as its relationship to photography, and the ways in which it reflected the economic and social changes brought about by industrialization and technology in the post-World War I world. In addition to making a meaningful contribution to the resurging interest in Modernism and its revisionist narratives, this book offers copious connections between the past and our present day, poised on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Engineers of an American art : Precisionism in the machine age / Emma Acker -- The absence of presence in the precisionist city / Sue Canterbury -- Confronting the colossus : two artists face the steel mill / Lauren Palmor -- 'No ideas but in things' : Precisionism and the scandal of modernity / Adrian Daub -- Catalogue of the exhibition -- Timeline : American art, technology, and industry, 1910-1950
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