New York Modern The Arts and the City

ISBN-10: 0801867932

ISBN-13: 9780801867934

Edition: 1999

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Description: New York City's crowded streets and energetic people, its vast population and enormous extremes of wealth and poverty, its towering buildings and technological marvels have marked it as the quintessential modern city since the turn of the century. Artists in particular identified with New York's newness, believing that it embodied the future and celebrated the excitement of the modern urban lives they both witnessed and led. In New York Modern, William B. Scott and Peter M. Rutkoff explore how the varied features of the urban experience in New York inspired the works of artists such as Isadora Duncan, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Eugene O'Neill, Duke Ellington, Clifford Odets, Elia Kazan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jackson Pollock, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Arthur Miller, James Baldwin, and Diane Arbus, who together shaped twentieth-century American culture. In painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, dance, theater, and architecture, New York artists redefined what it meant to be "modern." Rooted in the urban realism of Walt Whitman, Thomas Eakins, and Edith Wharton, New York artists combined the revolutionary ideas and styles of European modernism with vernacular images drawn from American commercial, folk, and popular culture in their attempts to respond to the cacophony of voices and blur of images drawn from the city's bars and cafes, tenements and townhouses, skyscrapers and docks. Handsomely illustrated and engagingly written, New York Modern documents the impressive collective legacy of New York's artists in capturing the energy and emotions of the urban experience.

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue: Before the Modern: The New York Renaissance
Times Square: Urban Realism for a New New York
Paris and New York: From Cubism to Dada
Bohemian Ecstasy: Modern Art and Culture
New York Modern: Art in the Jazz Age
Rhapsody in Black: New York Modern in Harlem
Modernism versus New York Modern: MoMA and the Whitney
True Believers on Union Square: Politics and Art in the 1930s
Behind the American Scene: Music, Dance, and the Second Harlem Renaissance
New York Blues: The Bebop Revolution
Homage to the Spanish Republic: Abstract Expressionism and the New York Avant-Garde
Life without Father: Postwar New York Drama
Renovating the Modern: Monuments and Insurgents
Notes
Index
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