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Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

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Accompanying a nationally touring exhibition, this critical history of American art of the 1920s provides a fresh perspective on the strikingly original modernist imagery of the Jazz Age. Youth and Beauty is the first wide-ranging look at American art during the period following the Great War and before the onset of the Great Depression. This richly illustrated volume capt ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Skira Rizzoli
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Mikey B.

Gloria Swanson - photograph by Nickolas Muray 1925

George Wesley Bellows Two Women

Two Women by George Wesley Bellows 1924

James Ormsbee Chapin

George Marvin and his Daughter by James Ormsbee Chapin 1926

This book is an exhilarating examination of the developments in American art during the 1920’s. In many ways this is the era when the U.S. became a world power and Europe was beginning its’ descent. It was a time when the U.S. established its’ uniqueness in the world of art. Prior to the 1920’s there were some significant artists in the U.S. like Wi
American Modernism: Aftermath of World War I

Up to the time of World War I, that unimaginable collision that circled the globe, the mood in America was `business as usual', another way of stating that people were focused on that ubiquitous goal, the American Dream, in a country that was safe from any interference in the forward stride of that dream. But the Great War happened and part of the shock of the aftermath that all was indeed tenuous resulted in that devil may care Jazz Age; if life is so
Gave a talk last night on the Era with this as the book to read for more depth. I enjoyed the point of view but it is not for everyone. Good photos and several breakthrough ideas about the period.
This catalog of the the exhibition I saw at the Dallas Museum of Art really illuminates that exhibition. It makes explicit ideas and trends that the casual viewer ( or at least this casual viewer) was only dimly aware, such as the influence of Eugenics in American art. Also interesting is the linkage of then famed horticulturalist James Burbank to the work of many artists including Georgia O'Keefe.

The only really negative thing I have to say is that the choice of ink color, more gray than black,
Kathryn Bashaar
This is the catalog from a wonderful art exhibit Al & I went to at the Cleveland Museum of Art last fall. The 5 stars are for the exhibit, not the catalog. I finally finished reading the catalog all the way through, but I don't know why I made myself slog through it. I really only bought it so I could look at the pictures over and over again because I loved them so much. The essays were really over my head, since I'm not at all educated on art. The essays were not aimed at the average museum ...more
Jonathan Walz
Exhibition catalogues can be hit-or-miss. However, I learned something from every single essay in this book and the curatorial selection of images for the show was thoughtful. Excellent and highly recommended.
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