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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

2. Transatlantic Modernism: An Introduction 2

02. Transatlantic Modernism: An Introduction 2

Paris and New York c. December 1910 By the first decade of the 20th century, both New York City and Paris had undergone significant infrastructural changes that catapulted them into the modern age. Between 1850 and 1910, Paris was transformed into a sprawling city of "grand boulevards" and imposing monuments, a palatial cultural and governmental center. During that same period, New York replaced ferry routes with "daring bridges" and row houses with "skyscraper canyons," emerging as a world financial center and a symbol of new urban modernity. In this program, Professor Wanda Corn continues to develop a framework for understanding the divergent artistic initiatives that surfaced in Paris and New York during the early 1900s. She explores the geographical differences between these two cities and the effects that rapid growth had on the attitudes and outlooks of their respective populations. She uses paintings by French Impressionists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, and by American Ashcan artists George Bellows and John Sloan to show how modern urbanism had very different meanings for Parisians, who were concerned about "the anonymity of an unfamiliar, opened-up airy city with its new forms of spectatorship," and New Yorkers, who found themselves immersed in the experiences of city life, "the crush of bodies, physical contact, and sensory overload of an urban mass." 98/09DE SCA 52 min.
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