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Oxford University Press Inc
11 June 2020
Contemporary dance
In early twentieth-century Europe, the watershed developments of pictorial abstraction, modern dance, and cinema coincided to shift the artistic landscape and the future of modern art. In Moving Modernism, Nell Andrew challenges assumptions about modernist abstraction and its appearance in the field of painting. By recovering performances, methods, and circles of aesthetic influence for avant-garde dance pioneers and filmmakers from the turn of the century to the interwar period - including dancer Loie Fuller, who presented to symbolist artists the possibility of prolonged or suspended vision; Valentine de Saint-Point, whose radical dance paralleled the abstractions of cubo-futurist painting; Sophie Taeuber and her Dada dance; the Belgian pure plastics choreographer known as Akarova; and the dance-like cinema of Germaine Dulac - Andrew demonstrates that abstraction was deployed not only as modernist form but as an apparatus of creation, perception, and reception across artistic media.
By:   Nell Andrew (Associate Professor of Art History Associate Professor of Art History University of Georgia)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   10g
ISBN:   9780190057275
ISBN 10:   0190057270
Series:   Oxford Studies in Dance Theory
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   11 June 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nell Andrew is Associate Professor of Art History and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop at the University of Georgia, Athens. She teaches and researches in the fields of modern art and the historical avant-garde, dance history, and early film.

Reviews for Moving Modernism: The Urge to Abstraction in Painting, Dance, Cinema

Nell Andrew's brilliant book, Moving Modernism, brings to life a major theme in 20th-century modernism, the role of dance, and bodily movement generally, in the larger adventure of artistic abstraction. Her scholarship is impeccable, her ability to reconstitute long-past performances by her major figures is formidable, and her overall project-to recover the force of kinesthetic sensation for modernism generally-could not be more relevant to the present moment. * Michael Fried, J.R. Herbert Boone Emeritus Professor of Humanities and the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University * Moving Modernism refigures our understanding of abstraction across the media of painting, dance, and cinema. By excavating the connections between visual forms and bodily perceptions, this book challenges us to value aspects of the spectatorial experience we typically disregard. * Juliet Bellow, Associate Professor of Art History, American University *

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