Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art A Documentary History

ISBN-10: 0520215036
ISBN-13: 9780520215030
Edition: 2003
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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/27/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288

This book is the first to bring together texts documenting the encounter between Western artists and writers and what has historically been called primitive art--the traditional, indigenous arts of Africa, Oceania, and North America. Beginning with the "discovery" of that art by European artists and writers early in the twentieth century, this anthology charts the evolving pictorial responses, artistic aspirations, aesthetic theories, and cultural debates that have developed from this encounter. Written by artists, literary figures, collectors, museum curators, and cultural critics, these essays--most of them never before translated or reprinted--show the dazzling range of issues elicited by the confrontation with primitive arts and cultures. Primitivism designates not a specific movement or group of artists, but a persuasive notion crucial to twentieth-century art and modern thinking generally. Because the encounter between the West and primitive art took place at the height of Western colonialism, a number of racial and political issues come into play, either overtly or implicitly, in writings about both the art and the people who produced it. The contributions to this volume speak to each other in provocative ways, giving a unique overview of those issues. Jack Flam provides an introduction to the book and brief outlines for each of its four sections. Also included are a coda of quotations from artists and critics from throughout the century; a chronology of events, exhibitions, and publications; an extensive bibliography; and over forty illustrations.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Discovery, 1905-18 Maurice de Vlaminck Discovery of African Art, 1906
Andreacute
Derain Early Encounter with African Art, 1906
Henri Matisse First Encounter with African Art, 1906
Pablo Picasso Discovery of African Art, 1906-7
Gertrude Stein Matisse and Picasso and African Art, 1906-7
Guillaume Apollinaire On Museums, 1909
Gelett Burgess The Wild Men of Paris, 1910
Roger Fry The Art of the Bushmen, 1910
Franz Marc Letter to Auguste Macke, 1911
August Macke Masks, 1912
Emil Nolde The Artistic Expressions of Primitive Peoples, 1912
Elie Faure
The Tropics, 1912
Andreacute
Warnod Decorative Arts and Artistic Curiosities, 1912
Vladimir Markov Negro Art, 1913
Karl Scheffler Picasso and African Sculpture Exhibition, Berlin, 1913
Emil Waldmann Picasso and African Sculpture Exhibition, Dresden, 1914
Marius de Zayas Statuary in Wood by African Savages: The Root of Modern Art, 1914
Charles H. Caffin Root of Art in Negro Carvings, 1914
Kazimir Malevich The Art of the Savage and Its Principles, 1915
Carl Einstein African Sculpture, 1915
Marius de Zayas African Negro Art and Modern Art, 1916
Hermann Bahr Expressionism, 1916
Edgar L. Hewett America's Archaelogical Heritage, 1916
Guillaume Apollinaire Concerning the Art of the Blacks, 1917
Tristan Tzara Note 6 on African Art, 1917
Josef Capek Negro Sculpture, 1918
New Attitudes and Awareness, 1919-40 T. S. Eliot War-Paint and Feathers, 1919
Henri Clouzot and Andreacute
Level Savage Art, 1919
Paul Guillaume A New Aesthetic, 1919
Florent Fels (editor) Opinions on Negro Art, 1920
Andreacute
Salmon Negro Art, 1920
Roger Fry Negro Sculpture at the Chelsea Book Club, 1920
Feacute;lix Feacute;neacute;on (editor) Will Arts from Remote Places Be Admitted into the Louvre? 1920
Walter Pach The Art of the American Indian, 1920
Marsden Hartley Red Man Ceremonials, 1920
Carlo Anti The Sculpture of the African Negroes, 1923
Florent Fels Negro Art at the Pavillon de Marsan, 1923
Alain Locke Note on African Art, 1924
Henri Clouzot and Andreacute
Level The Lesson of an Exhibition, 1925
Alain Locke Legacy of the Ancestral Arts, 1925
Georges Salles Reflections on Negro Art, 1927
Christian Zervos Oceanic Works of Art and Today's Problems, 1929
Paul Eacute;luard Savage Art, 1929
Waldemar George The Twilight of the Idols, 1930
G. H. Luquet Primitive Art, 1930
Georges Bataille Primitive Art, 1930
John Sloan and Oliver LaFarge Introduction to American Indian Art, 1931
Eckart von Sydow The Meaning of Primitive Art, 1932
Romare Bearden The Negro Artist and Modern Art, 1934
James Johnson Sweeney The Art of Negro Africa, 1935
Alain Locke African Art, 1935
John D. Graham Primitive Art and Picasso, 1937
James A. Porter The Negro Artist and Racial Bias, 1937
The Ascendance of Primitivism, 1941-83 Frederic H. Douglas and Reneacute
d'Harnoncourt Indian Art of the United States, 1941
Henry Moore Primitive Art, 1941
Adolph Gottlieb and Mark Rothko The Portrait and the Modern Artist, 1943
Ralph Linton and Paul S. Wingert Arts of the South Seas, 1946
Barnett Newman Art of the South Seas, 1946
Barnett Newman Foreword, Northwest Coast Indian Painting, 1946
D. H. Kahnweiler Negro Art and Cubism, 1948
Jean Dubuffet Anticultural Positions, 1951
Jean Laude French Painting and Negro Art, 1968
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