BOOK HUGGERS APRIL 2013 SELECTION:
ARTS YEARBOOK 1
The TURN of the CENTURY,
Jonathan Marshall, Publisher/1957 First Edition
Excerpt from the Introduction:
"There has been a tendency in the publicity by which modern art has recently been promoted to the general public to diminish its variety, its contradictions, the sheer historical richness of its development and growth, into a summary and easily assimilable image. But we diminish its full importance to ourselves when we try to abstract it from its complexly human contingencies.
In turning to the art of "The Turn of the Century" the contributors to this first ARTS YEARBOOK have tried to focus on some of these contingencies.
The first essay "Modern Art at the Turn of the Century" by Hilton Kramer deals, inevitably, with the major figures of Parisian art in this period, Van Gogh, Seurat, Cezanne, Matisee, Picasso, Braque and others and, eschewing the legends which have acummulated around them, tries instead to evaluate their achievements in terms of the avant-garde values by which they themselves lived.
In the second essay "The World of the Eight" by Leslie Katz, the American scene is considered through the eyes of the group of artists who have passed into history as "The Eight".
In two essays: "New Perspectives on the Old Masters" by Alfred Werner and in "From Pre-Raphaelitism to Bloomsbury" by Vernon Young, the radical transformations in our judgements of the old masters are brought into focus and the moving, if somewhat comic, struggle of art in England in this period is elucidated against the colorful background of literary polemic and massive bad taste.
The last essay of this First Edition: "The Discovery of Primitive Art" by Douglas F. Fraser gives the full background of the so-called discovery of primitive art in copious detail." The Editors
Related LINK: Museum of Modern Art Exhibition: "Primitivism in 20th Century Art
This 1957 First Issue of ARTS YEARBOOK also includes:
The TURN of the CENTURY
A Calendar of Events
with summaries for each year. Here is the list: (summaries are not shown in this REVIEW/2013 Special ECOARTPEDIA 2012-2013 Edition)
1890 -- AURIER'S ARTICLE ON VAN GOGH
1891 -- THE SEURAT EXHIBITION
1892 -- THE SYMBOLIST FLORESCENCE
1893 -- THE CAILLEBOTTE LEGACY
1894 -- THE YELLOW BOOK
1895 -- GAUGUIN'S RETURN TO TAHITITHE 1913 ARMORY SHOW
1896 -- BONNARD'S FIRST ONE-MAN SHOW
1897 -- THE BENIN EXPEDITION
1898 -- THE DREYFUS CASE
1899 -- THE NABIS' TRIBUTE TO REDON
1900 -- L'EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE
1901 -- THE DEATH OF LAUTREC
1902 -- MONET'S WATER-LILY SERIES
1903 -- RENOIR'S RETIREMENT TO CAGNES
1904 -- CEZANNE'S TRIUMPH
1905 -- THE FAUVE OUTBURST
1906 -- MODIGLIANI'S ARRIVAL IN PARIS
1907 -- THE BIRTH OF CUBISM
1908 -- THE ROUSSEAU BANQUET
"THE EIGHT" AND THE INDEPENDENTS
1909 -- THE FUTURIST MANIFESTO
FIRST ONE-MAN SHOWS FOR MAURER, MARIN AND HARTLEY
THE NEWARK MUSEUM
1910 -- MONDRIAN'S ARRIVAL IN PARIS
THE FIRST POST-IMPRESSIONIST EXHIBITION IN LONDON
1911 -- ORPHISM, SYNCROMISM, VORTICISM
1912 -- "THE BLUE RIDER"
1913 -- SUPREMATISM