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Sands Of Desire:The Creative Restlessness Of Lee Miller's Egyptian Period, Peter Schulman Jan 2017

Sands Of Desire:The Creative Restlessness Of Lee Miller's Egyptian Period, Peter Schulman

World Languages and Cultures Faculty Publications

"As a spectator, I wanted to explore photography not as a question (a theme) but as a wound,"Roland Barthes writes in Camera Lucida. Similarly, in the famous first lines of his surrealist book Nadja, Andre Breton concluded that the question he should ask himself should be "not who I am, but whom I haunt." Could either of these quotes apply to Lee Miller's aesthetic as well ? While her photographs during her period of "apprenticeship" with Man Ray focused on the female body, and the ones in her studio in New York on elegant portraiture, it is during her ...


It Could Have Been Great: An Examination Of Kandinsky's Bauhaus Paintings And The Great Synthesis Of The Arts, Deanna Brooks Oct 2016

It Could Have Been Great: An Examination Of Kandinsky's Bauhaus Paintings And The Great Synthesis Of The Arts, Deanna Brooks

Institute for the Humanities Theses

When Nazism descended upon the German art world in the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s, artists were treated as an expendable group of "political undesirables." Among them was Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), who experienced firsthand the political pressure placed on his career, as he attempted to visualize a weltanschauung or "world view," that involved the marriage of different types of art, media, and practices. For Kandinsky the "Great Synthesis of the Arts" revealed the collective historical narrative, to which all artists contributed, and he strove to actualize this lifelong goal over the course of his teaching career at ...


Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, By Tevor Schoonmaker, Kristine Stiles, And Greg Tate. Nasher Museum Of Art, Duke University: Durham, 2013 (Book Review), Vittorio Colaizzi Jan 2014

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, By Tevor Schoonmaker, Kristine Stiles, And Greg Tate. Nasher Museum Of Art, Duke University: Durham, 2013 (Book Review), Vittorio Colaizzi

Art Faculty Publications

[First Paragraph] The exhibition for which this book is the catalogue opened at the Nasher Museum at Duke University before travelling to Brooklyn, Miami, and Evanston, Illinois. The show and book feature Wangechi Mutu's (b. 1972) signature collages, in which she places imagery from fashion, porn, mechanics, and "ethnography" alongside drawn and painted elements in order to deconstruct colonialist fantasies of the black female body as a site of exotic sexuality. By juxtaposing accepted signs for nature versus technology (tall grass and motorcycle parts, for example) and performing in her videos the ritualized actions of eating, cleaning, and destruction ...


'How It Works': Stroke, Music, And Minimalism In Robert Ryman's Early Paintings, Vittorio Colaizzi Mar 2007

'How It Works': Stroke, Music, And Minimalism In Robert Ryman's Early Paintings, Vittorio Colaizzi

Art Faculty Publications

Robert Ryman's white paintings have, not surprisingly, been associated with minimalism, but the sensuality of his work and his disassociation from minimalism's critical discourse have also been emphasized. Art historian James Meyer's concept of the “minimal field,” or terrain of difference, allows us to forgo a debate about whether Ryman is or is not a minimalist, and instead to closely examine this painter's motivations and achievements. While Ryman shares the rigid anti‐illusionism of many artists of his generation, his work also has important connections with the jazz music that brought him to New York in ...


A Model House And A House's Model: Reexamining Frank Lloyd Wright's House On The Mesa Project, Robert Wojitowicz Dec 2005

A Model House And A House's Model: Reexamining Frank Lloyd Wright's House On The Mesa Project, Robert Wojitowicz

Art Faculty Publications

Examines Frank Lloyd Wright's House on the Mesa project, which, despite its familiarity to most historians of 20th-century architecture, has never been thoroughly studied within the general context of Wright's expansive oeuvre and the specific circumstances of the Museum of Modern Art's 1932 'Modern Architecture: International Exhibition.' Numerous drawings for the project survive in the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, although only photographic evidence survives of the original model. Scattered references to the project appear in Wright's writings, most notably his correspondence with wealthy Denver businessman George Cranmer, whose family served ...