- Publisher: Phaidon Press
- Pages: 352
- Illustrations: 275 in full color
- Dimensions: 11 2/5'' x 8 2/5'' x 1 3/10''
- Format: Hardcover
- Author: William C. Agee
- ISBN: 9780714869346
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By William C. Agee
This book presents a radical re-evaluation of art history from the early twentieth century to the late 1960s. The importance of American artists in the history of modern art is well known and well documented, from Jackson Pollock to Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. However, the work of such artists did not spontaneously appear after World War II, nor was it simply transplanted from Europe. A longer, subtler history of the development of modernism in relation to American artists, teachers, patrons, and collectors can be traced through the first half of the twentieth century.
William C. Agee's analysis includes artists working in the first part of the century, such as Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as a discussion of the continuity between this period and artists who went on to become celebrated internationally, such as Edward Hopper and Jasper Johns. Agee also integrates the work of certain European artists who became central to modern American art, including Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Marcel Duchamp. This brilliant new account of American modernism is a must-read for students and scholars of art as well as all those interested in modernism and its wider cultural history.
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