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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

10. WW I: Parisians in New York

10. WW I: Parisians in New York

Marcel Duchamp and his group in Paris were investigating motion, both man-made and natural, and in their analysis viewed motion as a metaphor for modern life. These artists took the traditional human figure and merged it with the modern machine. Then they humanized the machine, creating a dichotomy between the mechanical and the organic, a concept that never concerned the American avant-garde. Three of this Parisian group, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, and Albert Gleizes, migrated to New York to escape World War I and to see this fabled modern city. New York represented to these artists the modernity and mechanical progress that they were investigating in their art. All three men changed their artistic style after arriving in this energetic environment. In 1915 the first notion of transatlantic art came into being, with French artists exhibiting their works and publishing articles about art in the United States. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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