Music and “The Long Tail”

 THE LONG TAIL: MUSIC AND THE GIFT Amanda Campbell is not exactly a household name, but the singer has a loyal following and many fans like her mellow bluesy rock style, marked by a strong and self-assured piano, driven by Susan Ferrari, who writes all the songs....

Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism

Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957) Wyndham Lewis was born on a yacht named “Wanda,” attended the famous Rugby School in England and was educated as an artist at the Slade School in London. He began well but he ended badly, labeled a fascist, who scuttled back...

Jacob Epstein and The Rock Drill

Jacob Epstein: Taylorism and Masculinity on the Eve of the Great War The origins of Jacob Epstein’s Rock Drill (1913) and its meanings have been historically confused by two historical coincidences: the date of execution is the same as that of Marcel...

Jacob Epstein and Oscar Wilde

Jacob Epstein and Sensational Art Modernity and the Male Nude in Sculpture One of the most promising and interesting artists of the new century was the Anglo-American artist, Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), until he simply ceased to be interesting. Although he had a long...

Cubism, Futurism and the Great War, Part One

Creating a Modern Visual Vocabulary of War Part One In 1911, the Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916) organized an exhibition of fifty Futurist paintings for the working class. Called Esposizione d’ate libera, the show featured Carlo Carrà (1881-1966)...

Imagining The Great War, Part Three

The End of the World: Ludwig Meidner and the Apocalyptic Paintings The avant-garde arrived late in Germany. Not only was modern art late, it also landed in the cities of Germany unchronologically, in bits and pieces, entirely lacking sequence, reft of developmental...

Imagining The Great War, Part Two

The Coming Apocalypse: Ludwig Meidner and the Poets In the winter of 1912, the German poet Georg Heym fell through a hole in the ice and drowned. The strange death of the twenty-four year of poet was surrounded by an odd mixture of conjecture and fact. It was thought...

Imagining The Great War, Part One

The Coming Apocalypse: Kandinsky and Marc Never such innocence, Never before or since, As changed itself to past Without a word — the men Leaving the gardens tidy, The thousands of marriages Lasting a little while longer: Never such innocence again.            ...

Photography as Art/Art as Photography

From Photo-Secession to 291 There is an old question, what came first, the chicken or the egg? For the history of photography, the question can be re-written: what come first Camera Work, the journalistic organ for the Photo-Secession or Photo-Secession itself? The...

Pictorialism in America

Photo-Secession as Pictorialism Part One At the turn of the century, as the nineteenth century waned, it was quite possible to speak of a “beautiful photograph” or,  more precisely, of a photograph of something “beautiful.” But that photograph...

Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936)

Naturalistic Photography It all started with George Davison (1854 – 1930) and a deceptively simple image,originally titled, An Old Farmstead. This charming photograph, reminiscent of an Impressionist landscape, was awarded a medal at the annual exhibition of the...

Pictorialism in England, Part Two

The Annans, Father and Son From Document to Art Around 1890 the world of photographers changed. Before the end of the nineteenth century, photography had been very much an individual enterprise. The practitioner, whether amateur or professional customarily was...
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