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A Boatload Of Madmen: Surrealism And The American Avant Garde 1920 1950 Dickran Tashjian

A Boatload Of Madmen: Surrealism And The American Avant Garde 1920 1950

Dickran Tashjian

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ISBN : 9780500976128
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336 pages
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The American art community had its first glimpse of Surrealism in 1932. Its revolutionary art galvanized an emerging avant-grade, and four years later a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art catapaulted the movement into the culturalMoreThe American art community had its first glimpse of Surrealism in 1932. Its revolutionary art galvanized an emerging avant-grade, and four years later a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art catapaulted the movement into the cultural limelight. This vividly written cultural history tells the story of Surrealisms remarkable sea change, from a fiercely leftist, strongly literary, avant-garde movement into an apolitical, almost exclusively visual style. It shows how the American avant-garde selectively shaped European surrealism to meet its own agendas, and how it was in turn reinterpreted, de-politicized and commercially exploited by mainstream American culture and the fashion and advertising industries.