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9780520272491

Creative Composites

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520272491

  • ISBN10:

    0520272498

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-06
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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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 Compositesargues 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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Defining Straight Photography: Artistic Pluralism or Assimilation to Painting's "Foreign Tongue"p. 11
├┤The Caricaturist's Way": Abstraction and Constructive Miscegenationp. 49
The Promise of Cinema: Harnessing Spirit, Nation, and Artp. 93
The Sense of Things: Collage, Illustration, and Regional American Culturep. 143
Conclusionp. 187
Notesp. 193
Selected Bibliographyp. 243
List of Illustrationsp. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Indexp. 255
Plates follow pagep. 168
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