The Life of Forms in Art: Modernism, Organism, Vitality (Criminal Practice) (Paperback)

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The Life of Forms in Art: Modernism, Organism, Vitality (Criminal Practice) (Paperback)

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What is form in modern art? How could a work of art achieve its organic life in a world increasingly dominated by mechanism, by new technology? In this new book, Brandon Taylor proposes that biology and the life sciences themselves supplied many of the analogies and metaphors by which modern artists were guided. For the creative giants of the period - Picasso, Mir , Kandinsky, Strzeminski, Dal , Arp, Motherwell and Pollock, as well as less-known figures such as Taeuber, Erni and Kobro - questions of 'living' form loomed large in studio conversation, in the press, and in the writings of the artists themselves.

In a book rich in new research and fresh thinking, a well-known art historian proposes six modalities of organic and vital life that pervade the radical experiments of modern art: the organic, the biomorphic, the ambiguous, the monstrous, the dialectical, and the liquid.
Brandon Taylor is Professor Emeritus in History of Art at the University of Southampton, England, and Visiting Tutor in History and Theory of Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. His research interests include modern and contemporary art, artists' writings, the history of art institutions, and East European art. His most recent books include Collage: The Making of Modern Art (Thames and Hudson, London 2004), After Constructivism (Yale University Press 2014), and St Ives and British Modernism (Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 2015). He exhibits occasionally as a painter.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501356018
ISBN-10: 1501356011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: October 29th, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Criminal Practice