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Modern Art Despite Modernism

ISBN: 9780870700316
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Robert Storr
Format: hardback
Year published: 2000
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Publisher Location: New York
Total Pages: 250
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout

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Throughout the twentieth century, the evolution of mainstream Modernism in the arts has been shadowed and made complex by alternative expressions of a seemingly retrograde type, art that appears to set back the clock or to redirect the stream of progress. Modern Art Despite Modernismexplores the anti-Modernist impulse in painting and sculpture through socio-cultural conflicts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Texts by Robert Storr advocate the strengths of this impulse in paintings and drawings by Otto Dix, Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente and even Pablo Picasso–and note the enduring popularity of such artists as Pavel Tchelitchew, whose “Hide and Seek,” along with Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World,” remain among the public’s favorite pictures. Storr also discusses taste and its implications, both part and present, for institutions like The Museum of Modern Art. This book was published as the second in a series of three titles, in conjunction with the millennial exhibitions schedule of MoMA2000 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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