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An American lens : scenes from Alfred Stieglitz's New York Secession /

by Bochner, Jay [author]; Stieglitz, Alfred [artist].
Type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: xvi, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0262025809 (alk. paper).Other title: Scenes from Alfred Stieglitz's New York Secession.Subject(s): Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 | Photo-Secession (Association) | Armory Show (1913 : New York, N.Y) | Photography, Artistic -- Philosophy | Photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Arts, American -- 20th century | Modernism (Art) | Art and photography -- United States
Contents:
The coming storm of modernism (1893) Conservation frames Before the Armory (1913) Outside the Armory (1912-1913) Mechanics of the New York secession (1915) Days in April, sweet and cruel (1917) The serial portrait (1917-1935) Down from the clouds (1929-1935) Conclusion: the secession's unyielding father
Review: "In An American Lens, Jay Bochner looks at a series of milestones in the development of the American avant-garde that capture a pivotal period in artistic consciousness. He focuses on the multiple roles of Alfred Stieglitz - as influential gallery owner, photographer, and impresario of the emerging art scene - at a series of significant moments in his career. These close-ups offer a more intense and expanded understanding of the subject than the familiar long view.".Summary: "Stieglitz as impresario and artist achieved an almost mythical status, which some recent critics have worked to deflate - casting him, for example, as Svengali to Georgia O'Keeffe's spellbound Trilby. Engaging in neither idolatry nor demolition, Bochner looks instead for the truth about the man and the myth. The scenes from American art in An American Lens create a new version of Stieglitz's biography, allowing us to reread his life and the life of his times by focusing intently on what is visible and not so visible in the art he left behind."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-355) and index.

The coming storm of modernism (1893) (pages 1-24) -- Conservation frames (pages 25-58) -- Before the Armory (1913) (pages 59-84) -- Outside the Armory (1912-1913) (pages 85-116) -- Mechanics of the New York secession (1915) (pages 117-160) -- Days in April, sweet and cruel (1917) (pages 161-218) -- The serial portrait (1917-1935) (pages 219-266) -- Down from the clouds (1929-1935) (pages 267-312) -- Conclusion: the secession's unyielding father (pages 313-318)

"In An American Lens, Jay Bochner looks at a series of milestones in the development of the American avant-garde that capture a pivotal period in artistic consciousness. He focuses on the multiple roles of Alfred Stieglitz - as influential gallery owner, photographer, and impresario of the emerging art scene - at a series of significant moments in his career. These close-ups offer a more intense and expanded understanding of the subject than the familiar long view.".

"Stieglitz as impresario and artist achieved an almost mythical status, which some recent critics have worked to deflate - casting him, for example, as Svengali to Georgia O'Keeffe's spellbound Trilby. Engaging in neither idolatry nor demolition, Bochner looks instead for the truth about the man and the myth. The scenes from American art in An American Lens create a new version of Stieglitz's biography, allowing us to reread his life and the life of his times by focusing intently on what is visible and not so visible in the art he left behind."--BOOK JACKET.

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