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Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde: 1942 - 1962

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In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world—and life itself—became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries.

Nothing and Everything brings th
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by EVOLVER EDITIONS (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ardis Wasser
Aug 03, 2013 Ardis Wasser rated it it was amazing
How Zen Catalyzed Conceptual Art
by Daniel Larkin Hyperallergic

So, let’s just go for it. What the hell happened in art history after the 1950s when the real, discrete art movements started to break down? That’s right — we’re taking the bull by the horns here, tackling the big questions.

The Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection and the majority of scholarly modern art courses chart an elegant procession through Realism, Impressionism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop,
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Jeff
Jul 15, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok
A year or so ago, when i bought a copy of kay Larson's book "Where the Heart Beats," the Amazon folks suggested "You Might Also Like..." a book called "Nothing and Everything" by Ellen Pearlman. So i bought it, and have been hoping to get to it soon. Well, i got to it this summer, and found it disappointing in all the ways you hope a book will not be: poorly organized, repetitive, sloppily edited, etc. This book should have been a home run: to examine the relation that different artists (writers ...more
Steve
Apr 15, 2013 Steve rated it it was ok
I usually don't say this, but I don't think this book was well written. I couldn't finish it. It's a shame because potentially it's a very interesting book.
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