Embattled avant-gardes: modernism's resistance to commodity culture in Europe

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This sweeping work, at once a panoramic overview and an ambitious critical reinterpretation of European modernism, provides a bold new perspective on a movement that defined the cultural landscape of the early twentieth century. Walter L. Adamson embarks on a lucid, wide-ranging exploration of the avant-garde practices through which the modernist generations after 1900 resisted the rise of commodity culture as a threat to authentic cultural expression. Taking biographical approaches to numerous avant-garde leaders, Adamson charts the rise and fall of modernist aspirations in movements and individuals as diverse as Ruskin, Marinetti, Kandinsky, Bauhaus, Purism, and the art critic Herbert Read. In conclusion, Adamson rises to the defense of the modernists, suggesting that their ideas are relevant to current efforts to think through what it might mean to create a vibrant, aesthetically satisfying form of cultural democracy.
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table_of_contents Early avant-garde modernism -- Intellectuals, commodity culture, and religions of art in the nineteenth century -- F.T. Marinetti -- Guillaume Apollinaire -- Wassily Kandinsky -- Varieties of interwar modernism -- The rise and fall of design modernism: Bauhaus, De Stijl, and purism -- Futurism and its modernist rivals in fascist Italy -- André Breton's surrealism -- The critical modernism of Herbert Read.
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title Embattled avant-gardes modernism's resistance to commodity culture in Europe
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title_full Embattled avant-gardes [electronic resource] : modernism's resistance to commodity culture in Europe / Walter L. Adamson
title_short Embattled avant-gardes
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title_sub modernism's resistance to commodity culture in Europe