The Resource The modern moves west : California artists and democratic culture in the twentieth century, Richard Cándida Smith

The modern moves west : California artists and democratic culture in the twentieth century, Richard Cándida Smith

Label
The modern moves west : California artists and democratic culture in the twentieth century
Title
The modern moves west
Title remainder
California artists and democratic culture in the twentieth century
Statement of responsibility
Richard Cándida Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1921 Sam Rodia, an Italian laborer and tile setter, started work on an elaborate assemblage in the backyard of his home in Watts, California. The result was an iconic structure now known as the Watts Towers. Rodia created a work that was original, even though the resources available to support his project were virtually nonexistent. Each of his limitations--whether of materials, real estate, finances, or his own education--passed through his creative imagination to become a positive element in his work. In The Modern Moves West, accomplished cultural historian Richard Cándida Smith contends that the Watts Towers provided a model to succeeding California artists that was no longer defined through a subordinate relationship to the artistic capitals of New York and Paris. Tracing the development of abstract painting, assemblage art, and efforts to build new arts institutions, Cándida Smith lays bare the tensions between the democratic and professional sides of modern and contemporary art as California developed a distinct regional cultural life. Men and women from groups long alienated--if not forcibly excluded--from the worlds of "high culture" made their way in, staking out their participation with images and objects that responded to particular circumstances as well as dilemmas of contemporary life, in the process changing the public for whom art was made. Beginning with the emergence of modern art in nineteenth-century France and its influence on young Westerners and continuing through to today's burgeoning border art movement along the U.S.-Mexican frontier, The Modern Moves West dramatically illustrates the paths that California artists took toward a more diverse and inclusive culture."--Amazon.com
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
700.9794/0904
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N6530.C2
LC item number
C36 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The arts and intellectual life in modern America
Label
The modern moves west : California artists and democratic culture in the twentieth century, Richard Cándida Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: dilemmas of professional culture -- The case for modern art as a distinct form of knowledge -- Modern art in a provincial nation -- Modern art and California's progressive legacies -- From an era of grand ambitions -- Becoming postmodern -- California assemblage: art as counter-history -- Learning from the Watts Towers -- Contemporary art along the U.S.-Mexican border -- Conclusion: improvising from the margins
Control code
ocn802049522
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 252 pages :)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812207941
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35c3vt
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b32188560
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)802049522
  • pebcs0812207947

Library Locations

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