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Art and journals on the political front, 1910-1940
Marquardt, Virginia Carol Hagelstein.
Publication Information:
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [1997]

Physical Description:
xvi, 326 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Lacerba: interventionist art and politics in pre-World War I Italy / Press for a new art in Russia, 1917-1921 / From avant-garde to "Proletkult" in Hungarian emigre politico-cultural journals, 1922-1924 / Picture as weapon in the German mass media, 1914-1930 / Political practice and the arts in Spain, 1927-1936 / Art on the left in the United States, 1918-1937 / Graphics of the Mexican left, 1924-1938 / News magazines and the politicization of architecture in France during the 1930's
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"An invaluable source of information on the textual and visual rhetoric of nationalisms in the early twentieth century. . . . Its attempt to illuminate the intersection between the mass media and the politics of representation is successful and rich. . . . This book will be of the highest interest to scholars of modernism, nationalism, and propaganda studies . . . and to historians of the press, typography, radical movements, and literature." --Patricia G. Berman, Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley College

"Provides a uniquely focused contribution to our knowledge of visual expression between the world wars. The little-studied symbiosis of an avant-garde politicization of the mass media emerges here as a wonderful paradox. That is the broader value of the collection, but each individual essay presents a focused study of materials largely unknown to us. . . . Will prove essential reading for political historians [as well as] journalism and mass media scholars."--John F. Moffitt, New Mexico State University

Focusing on the period from the years just prior to World War I to the onset of World War II, contributors to this volume investigate the nexus of art, avant-garde thought, and politics as it appears in (explicitly or implicitly) partisan journals. The art and journals in question frequently helped to politicize the artistic avant-garde in Italy, Russia, Hungary, Germany, Spain, the United States, Mexico, and France and contributed to the international currents of communism and fascism. In this beautifully illustrated edition, which includes 101 black-and-white photographs and 8 color plates, these essayists--all distinguished art historians and scholars--explore the subtle nuances of this political-artistic rhetoric.

1. Lacerba: Interventionist Art and Politics in Pre-World War I Italy, Christine Poggi
2. The Press for a New Art in Russia, 1917-1921, Christina Lodder
3. From Avant-Garde to "Proletkult" in Hungarian #65533;migr#65533; Politico-Cultural Journals, 1922-1924, Oliver A. I. Botar
4. Picture as Weapon in the German Mass Media, 1914-1930, Sherwin Simmons
5. Political Practice and the Arts in Spain, 1927-1936, Jordana Mendelson with Estrella de Diego
6. Art on the Left in the United States, 1918-1937, Virginia Hagelstein Marquardt
7. Graphics of the Mexican Left, 1924-1938, Alicia Azuela
8. News Magazines and the Politicization of Architecture in France during the 1930s, Isabelle Gournay

Virginia Hagelstein Marquardt, associate professor of art history at Marist College, is coeditor of The Avant-Garde Frontier: Russia Meets the West, 1910-1930 (UPF, 1992) and editor of Survivor from a Dead Age: The Memoirs of Louis Lozowick (1997).

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These eight essays discuss avant-garde political/artistic journals in Europe and the US from the years just prior to WW I to the outset of WW II. Editor Marquardt examines "the nexus between art and politics" in "journals having either partisan affiliations or implicit political leanings." Given such a broad focus, the essays range from a consideration of futurism in Italy before 1914, to "new art" movements in Russia between the 1917 Revolution and the early 1920s, Hungarian emigre journals of the 1920s, "picture as weapon" in Germany before 1930, Spanish art and politics into the Popular Front era, American radical journals (1919-37), the left press in Mexico (1924-1938). and politicized architectural reviews in France from the 1930s. Inevitably, any such selection will be uneven; thus, the essays on Germany and Spain include discussion of journals from far right to far left, while those on Mexico and the US are limited to consideration of the left. The high quality of the essays (on materials often very difficult to locate elsewhere) makes this an important work for graduate research libraries and undergraduate collections building their holdings in cultural politics. Thorough index. J. Hutton; Trinity University