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Film and Modern American Art

The Dialogue between Cinema and Painting, 1st Edition

By Katherine Manthorne


154 pages

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Between the 1890s and the 1930s, movie going became an established feature of everyday life across America. Movies constituted an enormous visual data bank and changed the way artist and public alike interpreted images. This book explores modern painting as a response to, and an appropriation of, the aesthetic possibilities pried open by cinema from its invention until the outbreak of World War II, when both the art world and the film industry changed substantially. Artists were watching movies, filmmakers studied fine arts; the membrane between media was porous, allowing for fluid exchange. Each chapter focuses on a suite of films and paintings, broken down into facets and then reassembled to elucidate the distinctive art–film nexus at successive historic moments.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; PART I. TWO AMERICAN ARTISTS AND SILENT CINEMA; Chapter 1. Lust for Looking: John Sloan’s Moving Picture Eye; Chapter 2. Transforming Moving Pictures into Art: Everett Shinn, Artist on the Set; PART II. NEW WOMAN, NEW NEGRO; Chapter 3. Leading Ladies: Dance, Reform, Liberation; Chapter 4. Seeing in Black and White: Resistance, Rhythm, Renaissance; Timeline; Select Bibliography; List of Illustrations; Index

About the Author

Katherine Manthorne is Professor of Art History at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / American / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / American / African American
ART / Film & Video
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism