Assembling Art: The Machine and the American Avant-Garde
Barbara ZabelISBN: 157806595X;
Book DescriptionAs the machine age roared at full tilt in the early twentieth century, avant-garde artists saw opportunities to buck the past. In welcoming the new technologies, they created the art we now identify as modernist. Assembling Art gives a vivid account of this American avant-garde revolution in the production of art. Challenged by unprecedented technological advancement, artists embraced collage, montage, and the striking juxtaposition of incongruent materials and ideas. By appropriating disparate icons from visual and material culture---the skyscrapers of New York or the body of the black entertainer Josephine Baker or cigarette packaging---artists re-conceived and revitalized the relationship between art and life. There was no particular "school" of early American moderns. The artists' approaches were diverse, ironic, and individualistic. However, one phenomenon does seem to inform much of the work produced in this era: the pervasiveness and power of machine...
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