Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s

Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s

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qSuperbly crafted little essays, Lewis Mumford's New Yorker pieces called 'The Art Galleries' well deserve this handsome republication. They offer supremely tasteful guided tours of the galleries and museums of Manhattan at the time when the canon of Western art, including modernism, was being secured, against a background of tension between abstraction and realism and between aestheticism and social commitment. The essays are a gift for our own troubled times from one of the great humane and versatile critics of the twentieth century; they offer the reassurance of urbanity, poise, and commitment to art as a primary social necessity.q--Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Grey Emeritus Professor of English, Yale UniversityEver since Paul Cadmus scandalized the dry-land admirals by exhibiting a painting which showed bluejackets flirting with the gay girls of the Nineties on Riverside Drive a€” without the aid of the Bluejacketa#39;s Manual a€” he has been more oranbsp;...

Title:Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s
Author:Lewis Mumford, Robert Wojtowicz
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2008-11-01


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