The Artistic Culture Between the Wars, Vol. 2: 1920–1945

Marcello Francone, Designed by . Skira $60 (448p) ISBN 978-88-7624-804-7

The second offering in Skira's five-volume series Art of the Twentieth Century surveys a period that gave birth to a bewildering array of new forms of expression. The text, written by a group of young scholars and edited by University of Turin art historian Terraroli, encompasses styles from Dadaism to Abstract Expressionism, relating them to the cultural environments and artistic centers that produced them. Chapters are devoted to the tension between the avant-garde and tradition; to Italy, where artists were eager to reconcile the avant-garde with classical tradition; and to a lengthy discussion of surrealism in Spain, Belgium, Great Britain and the United States that gives a lucid account of the movement's literary and political components. Terraroli has also included six short essays by noted scholars who address related topics, including dance, photography, decorative arts and the art of propaganda; one piece offers an illuminating survey of the contemporaneous controversy about whether art should be relevant to or independent of social and political concerns. The color illustrations, often highlighting works of lesser-known artists, are superb, and the text is supplemented by boxes featuring specific subjects or personalities. This beautifully produced volume is an excellent introduction to a complex subject. 400 color illus. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
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