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Cubism and Culture (World of Art)

Mark Antliff, Patricia Leighten

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Scholarly yet accessible, this thorough and fresh appraisal of Cubism considers the movement in its wider context, covering the full range of art and artists from the movement's advent in 1908 through to the First World War


Cubism, often considered to be the seminal art movement of the twentieth century, initiated a pictorial revolution through its radical approach to imagemaking, invention of the new media of collage and sculptural assemblage, and evolution towards pure abstraction.

Scholarly yet accessible, Cubism and Culture reveals these profound formal innovations as integrally related to rapid changes in French society. Examining the movement’s origins in primitivism and engagement with issues of race and colonialism, the authors then consider the Cubists’ responses to current anti-Enlightenment philosophies; the relation of Cubist art to the ‘classical’; the role played by gender conceptually and within particular careers and practice; collage and its fascinating interplay with cultural themes; and the impact of anarchism, nationalism and pacifism on Cubism’s cultural politics.

This comprehensive and fresh critical re-examination of Cubism in its wider context, social, cultural, political, scientific and philosophical, introduces and re-frames the movement, covering the full range of art and artists from the movement’s advent in 1908 through the First World War.

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'The works are centre-stage, and yet this is a book whose great achievement is to bring out the importance of the Cubists in a history far bigger than the history of art.'
Christopher Green Courtauld Institute of Art

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 183

Publication date: 8 October 2001

ISBN: 9780500203422

About the Author

Mark Antliff is Associate Professor of Art History at Duke University, North Carolina.

Patricia Leighten is Professor of Art History at Duke University, North Carolina. She has written widely on art history and on cubism in particular.