Brancusi Vs United States the Historic Trial 1928

Author: Margit Rowell
Publisher: Vilo Publishing
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When Marcel Duchamp arrived in New York in October 1926 with a consignment of Brancusi sculptures for a one-man exhibition of the sculptor's work, a series of events began which resulted in a new definition of art in America. The American Customs authorities denied Brancusi's sculptures the duty-free entry which normally applied to works of art, on the grounds that the works did not appear to be sculpture. Duchamp appealed on Brancusi's behalf, and the resulting trial, Brancusi vs. United States, became famous as the moment at which the legal definition ora work of art changed to embrace the modern. The trial focussed around the 1923 work, Bird in Space. Slender, tapered and bronze in color, with a mirror-like surface, to the authorities it appeared to be some kind of industrial object, certainly not one with the characteristics of art: Q: Why do you regard Exhibit I as not a work of art? A: It is too abstract and a misuse of the form of sculpture... I don't think it has the sense of beauty. Q: ... If it had been given a head to it would that have aroused that sense of beauty in you to designate it as art? Now, for the first time, the complete minutes of the trial are available -- reprinted from the original transcript preserved in the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.

Provoking Democracy

Author: Caroline Levine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470766255
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A provocative and compelling book that explores the complex relationship between democracy and avant-garde art, offering a surprising new perspective on the critical role that the arts play in democratic governance at home and abroad. Covers a broad range of topics, from disputes over public art, copyright, and obscenity, to the operations of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War Highlights detailed and at times shocking debates over the role of the rebellious artist within society

Censoring Sex

Author: John E. Semonche
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742572757
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In this gracefully written, accessible and entertaining volume, John Semonche surveys censorship for reasons of sex from the nineteenth century up until the present. He covers the various forms of American media—books and periodicals, pictorial art, motion pictures, music and dance, and radio, television, and the Internet. Despite the varieties of censorship, running from self-censorship to government bans, a common story is told. In each of the areas, Semonche explains via abundant examples how and why censorship took place. He also details how the cultural territory contested by those advocating and opposing censorship diminished over the course of the last two centuries.


Author: Caroline Levine
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400852609
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Forms offers a powerful new answer to one of the most pressing problems facing literary, critical, and cultural studies today—how to connect form to political, social, and historical context. Caroline Levine argues that forms organize not only works of art but also political life—and our attempts to know both art and politics. Inescapable and frequently troubling, forms shape every aspect of our experience. Yet, forms don't impose their order in any simple way. Multiple shapes, patterns, and arrangements, overlapping and colliding, generate complex and unpredictable social landscapes that challenge and unsettle conventional analytic models in literary and cultural studies. Borrowing the concept of "affordances" from design theory, this book investigates the specific ways that four major forms—wholes, rhythms, hierarchies, and networks—have structured culture, politics, and scholarly knowledge across periods, and it proposes exciting new ways of linking formalism to historicism and literature to politics. Levine rereads both formalist and antiformalist theorists, including Cleanth Brooks, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Mary Poovey, and Judith Butler, and she offers engaging accounts of a wide range of objects, from medieval convents and modern theme parks to Sophocles's Antigone and the television series The Wire. The result is a radically new way of thinking about form for the next generation and essential reading for scholars and students across the humanities who must wrestle with the problem of form and context.

Forbes Watson

Author: Lenore Clark
Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9780873387101
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This is a biography of Forbes Watson, art commentator for the New York Evening Post and New York World but probably best known as the editor of The Arts, an influential art magazine of the 1920s.

To Whom it May Concern

Author: Frederik Swennen
Publisher: ASP / VUBPRESS / UPA
ISBN: 9054878967
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This essay is a shot across the bow of public and private actors, encouraging them to show their colours on public-private partnerships (PPP) on cultural heritage. Encounters between public and private partners on cultural heritage have not yet come of age; as such, an exploration into the means to develop the current one-way shifts of resources between public and private actors towards full-grown PPP-projects is necessary. This essay contains a short exploration from a legal and a managerial perspective, and focuses on art collections, art storage and artists' archives as representative examples of creative entrepreneurship in the field of movable cultural heritage. It concludes that after both public and private partners have reached the right mindset, tax and legal measures must be improved to serve as leverage for PPP projects.

Mistress of Modernism

Author: Mary V. Dearborn
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547523769
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The life story of the bohemian socialite who rebelled against her famous family and became a renowned art collector. Peggy Guggenheim was the ultimate self-invented woman, a cultural mover and shaker who broke away from her poor-little-rich-girl origins to shape a life for herself as the enfant terrible of the art world. Her visionary Art of This Century gallery in New York, which brought together the European surrealist artists with the American abstract expressionists, was an epoch-shaking “happening” at the center of its time. In Mistress of Modernism, Mary V. Dearborn draws upon her unprecedented access to the Guggenheim family, friends, and papers to craft a “thorough biography . . . [that] will appeal to art lovers interested in more than the paint” (Publishers Weekly). “With drive and clarity, Dearborn charts Guggenheim’s peripatetic life,” offering rich insight into Peggy’s traumatic childhood in German-Jewish “Our Crowd” New York, her self-education in the ways of art and artists, her caustic battles with other art-collecting Guggenheims, and her legendary sexual appetites (her lovers included Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Duchamp, to name just a few) (Booklist). Here too is a poignant portrait of Peggy’s last years as l’ultima dogaressa—the last (female) doge—in her palazzo in Venice, where her collection still draws thousands of visitors every year. Mistress of Modernism is the first definitive biography of Peggy Guggenheim, whose wit, passion, and provocative legacy Dearborn brings compellingly to life.

Joyce and the G Men

Author: C. Culleton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403973490
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Several years ago on a whim, Culleton requested James Joyce's FBI file. Hoover had Joyce under surveillance as a suspected Communist, and the chain of cross-references that Culleton followed from Joyce's file lead her to obscenity trials and, less obviously, to a plot to assassinate Irish labour leader James Larkin. Hoover devoted a great deal of energy to keeping watch on intellectuals and considered literature to be dangerous on a number of levels. Joyce and the G-Men explores how these linkages are indicative of the culture of the FBI under Hoover, and the resurgence of American anti-intellectualism.