by Martin Hammer, Constructing Modernity Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Constructing Modernity books, Naum Gabo (1890-1977), whose eventful life took him from his native Russia to Berlin, Paris, London, and finally the United States, achieved renown as one of the most inventive and controversial figures in twentieth-century sculpture. This book is the first comprehensive account of Gabo's life, career, and artistic theory and practice. Martin Hammer and Christina Lodder explore in detail the evolution of the artist's work and his aesthetic concerns, creative processes, assimilation of such new materials as plastic, and approach to public sculpture. The authors also examine his response to the scientific and political revolutions of his age and trace the origins and development of Gabo's utopian conviction that Constructivist art was profoundly in tune with modernity, social progress, and advances in science and technology. Drawing on Gabo's extensive and largely unpublished archives of letters, diaries, notebooks, models, and sketchbooks, Hammer and Lodder discuss the sculptor's work in the context of his relations with other avant-garde artists, architects, and critics, including his brother Antoine Pevsner. They also situate his aesthetic theory and practice within the Constructi
by , Constructing Modernity Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Constructing Modernity books, Japanese graphic design prior to World War II is a neglected field. In my study I examine the development of the genre, analyzing examples from the formative period of 1900 to 1930. In chapter one I discuss the history of graphic design as it was separated from 'fine arts, ' as well as the influence of classical aesthetic traditions on graphic design. In chapter two I highlight the varied careers of several different Japanese graphic designers, Hashiguchi Goy? (1880-1921), Sugiura Hisui (1876-1965), Murayama Tomoyoshi (1901-1977), and Yanase Masamu (1900-1945). In chapters three and four I analyze how the graphic design is impacted by the changing social construction of vision (visuality). I approach this from a formal perspective in chapter three, visually analyzing the stylistic constructions of the designers, while in chapter four I explicate some of the economic and cultural changes in Japan following the Meiji Restoration (1868) and explore the ideological ramifications of these images.
by Slav N. Gratchev, The Poetics Of The Avant Garde In Literature Arts And Philosophy Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Poetics Of The Avant Garde In Literature Arts And Philosophy books, The Poetics of the Avant-garde in Literature, Arts, and Philosophy presents a range of chapters written by a highly international group of scholars from disciplines such as literary studies, arts, theatre, and philosophy to analyze the ambitions of avant-garde artists. Together, these essays highlight the interdisciplinary scope of the historic avant-garde and the interconnectedness of its artists. Contributors analyze topics such as abstraction and estrangement across the arts, the imaginary dialogue between Lev Yakubinsky and Mikhail Bakhtin, the problem of the “masculine ethos” in the Russian avant-garde, the transformation of barefoot dancing, Kazimir Malevich’s avant-garde poetic experimentations, the ecological imagination of the Polish avant-garde, science-fiction in the Russian avant-garde cinema, and the almost forgotten history of the avant-garde children’s literature in Germany. The chapters in this collection open a new critical discourse about the avant-garde movement in Europe and reshape contemporary understandings of it.
by Jed Rasula, Acrobatic Modernism From The Avant Garde To Prehistory Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Acrobatic Modernism From The Avant Garde To Prehistory books, This is a book about artistic modernism contending with the historical transfigurations of modernity. As a conscientious engagement with modernity's restructuring of the lifeworld, the modernist avant-garde raised the stakes of this engagement to programmatic explicitness. But even beyond the vanguard, the global phenomenon of jazz combined somatic assault with sensory tutelage. Jazz, like the new technologies of modernity, re-calibrated sensory ratios. The criterion of the new as self-making also extended to names: pseudonyms and heteronyms. The protocols of modernism solicited a pragmatic arousal of bodily sensation as artistic resource, validating an acrobatic sensibility ranging from slapstick and laughter to the pathos of bereavement. Expressivity trumped representation. The artwork was a diagram of perception, not a mimetic rendering. For artists, the historical pressures of altered perception provoked new models, and Ezra Pound's slogan 'Make It New' became the generic rallying cry of renovation. The paradigmatic stance of the avant-garde was established by Futurism, but the discovery of prehistoric art added another provocation to artists. Paleolithic caves validated the spirit of all-over composition, unframed and dynamic. Geometric abstraction, Constructivism and Purism, and Surrealism were all in quest of a new mythology. Making it new yielded a new pathos in the sensation of radical discrepancy between futurist striving and remotest antiquity. The Paleolithic cave and the USSR emitted comparable siren calls on behalf of the remote past and the desired future. As such, the present was suffused with the pathos of being neither, but subject to both.
by Ana María León, Modernity For The Masses Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Modernity For The Masses books, Throughout the early twentieth century, waves of migration brought working-class people to the outskirts of Buenos Aires. This prompted a dilemma: Where should these restive populations be situated relative to the city’s spatial politics? Might housing serve as a tool to discipline their behavior? Enter Antonio Bonet, a Catalan architect inspired by the transatlantic modernist and surrealist movements. Ana María León follows Bonet's decades-long, state-backed quest to house Buenos Aires's diverse and fractious population. Working with totalitarian and populist regimes, Bonet developed three large-scale housing plans, each scuttled as a new government took over. Yet these incomplete plans—Bonet's dreams—teach us much about the relationship between modernism and state power. Modernity for the Masses finds in Bonet's projects the disconnect between modern architecture’s discourse of emancipation and the reality of its rationalizing control. Although he and his patrons constantly glorified the people and depicted them in housing plans, Bonet never consulted them. Instead he succumbed to official and elite fears of the people's latent political power. In careful readings of Bonet's work, León discovers the progressive erasure of surrealism's psychological sensitivity, replaced with an impulse, realized in modernist design, to contain the increasingly empowered population.
by Edward Vickers, Constructing Modern Asian Citizenship Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Constructing Modern Asian Citizenship books, In many non-Western contexts, modernization has tended to be equated with Westernization, and hence with an abandonment of authentic indigenous identities and values. This is evident in the recent history of many Asian societies, where efforts to modernize – spurred on by the spectre of foreign domination – have often been accompanied by determined attempts to stamp national variants of modernity with the brand of local authenticity: ‘Asian values’, ‘Chinese characteristics’, a Japanese cultural ‘essence’ and so forth. Highlighting (or exaggerating) associations between the more unsettling consequences of modernization and alien influence has thus formed part of a strategy whereby elites in many Asian societies have sought to construct new forms of legitimacy for old patterns of dominance over the masses. The apparatus of modern systems of mass education, often inherited from colonial rulers, has been just one instrument in such campaigns of state legitimation. This book presents analyses of a range of contemporary projects of citizenship formation across Asia in order to identify those issues and concerns most central to Asian debates over the construction of modern identities. Its main focus is on schooling, but also examines other vehicles for citizenship-formation, such as museums and the internet; the role of religion (in particular Islam) in debates over citizenship and identity in certain Asian societies; and the relationship between state-centred identity discourses and the experience of increasingly ‘globalized’ elites. With chapters from an international team of contributors, this interdisciplinary volume will appeal to students and scholars of Asian culture and society, Asian education, comparative education and citizenship.
by Ntongela Masilela, The Cultural Modernity Of H I E Dhlomo Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Cultural Modernity Of H I E Dhlomo books, Dhlomo, one of the most outstanding African intellectuals in the New African Movement, engaged the notion of the construction of modernity in South Africa in the first half of the 20th century. His principal concern, following a root tradition of the Xhosa Intellectuals of the 19th century, was with the problem of how to transform European, Christian-informed modernity into a true African modernism that embraced the powerful political currents of Ethiopianism, Pan-Africanism, the ANC, New Africanism and Shembeism. This book considers his influence.
by John Kattakayam, Modernity And Migration Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Modernity And Migration books, Study based on students, migrants from the rural areas of Kerala to Trivandrum.