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Modernism at the Barricades
Author: Stephen Eric Bronner

ISBN: 9780231158220
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 3 June 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.91
Description:
Stephen Eric Bronner revisits the groundbreaking innovations of the modernist project and its shaping of the radical imagination, as well as its creation of a new political vision for the twentieth century. Reading the artistic and intellectual achievements of the movement's leading figures against larger social, political, and cultural trends, Bronner follows the rise of a flawed yet salient effort at liberation and its confrontation with modernity. Modernism at the Barricades features chapters on expressionism, futurism, surrealism, and revolutionary art and includes special studies of Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and Emil Nolde, among others. The volume illuminates an international avant garde intent on resisting bureaucracy, standardization, scientific rationality, and the increasingcommodification of mass culture. Modernists sought new ways of feeling, new forms of expression, and new possibilities of experience while seeking to refashion society. Liberation was their aim, along with the invigoration of everyday life. In the process, however, they entwined the cultural with political resistance. Exploring both the artist's political responsibility and the manipul...

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