Tag: Modernism

On Qualifying Abstraction

On Qualifying Abstraction

Megan A. Sullivan— Abstract art has never been one. From its very inception in the early twentieth century, qualifiers have been employed by both artists and scholars so as to… READ MORE

Nikolai Astrup’s Visions of Norway

Nikolai Astrup’s Visions of Norway

MaryAnne Stevens– Spring in Jølster presents a view of the Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup’s farm-garden at Sandalstrand (now Astruptunet) in Western Norway. It epitomizes his life and his art, referencing… READ MORE

The Modernism of Hector Guimard

The Modernism of Hector Guimard

Hector Guimard (1867-1942) was one of France’s greatest Art Nouveau architect/designers. In an exhibition organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in… READ MORE

Arthur Dove and Nature

Arthur Dove and Nature

As writers began defining the vernacular aspects of American art in mid-1910s, the photographer and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz and his circle became a locus of attention. Two younger writers, Waldo… READ MORE

The Sacrifice at Calvary

The Sacrifice at Calvary

Terry Eagleton— Walter Benjamin’s theory of tragedy in his The Origin of German Tragic Drama has some affinities with the Christian view of Calvary. Tragedy for Benjamin is essentially sacrifice,… READ MORE

Silence and Gordon Bunshaft

Silence and Gordon Bunshaft

Nicholas Adams– At times, writing about the architect Gordon Bunshaft (1909–1990), former chief designer for the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), was like writing about a sulky teenager…. READ MORE

Modernism’s Other Tapestry

Modernism’s Other Tapestry

K. L. H. Wells — Full is a tapestry that is instantly recognizable as a work by Josef Albers, who is best known for his series Homage to the Square…. READ MORE

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