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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

20. Transatlantic Modernism: Conclusion

20. Transatlantic Modernism: Conclusion

Transatlantic Modernism came to a natural ending between 1930 and 1935 when the Depression affected both the culture and art. The playfulness, optimism, and prosperity of the 1920s soon evolved into a different type of art in the 1930s, breaking the spell of the machine age. The transatlantic flow stopped when the Depression limited travel. New York was not the mecca it once was. The art of the 1930s evoked other areas of the United States rather than New York, created new symbols, and was tied to some cause or need. Art colonies thrived as art-making became decentralized. Government entered the art world as a patron, creating subsidies for artists. Different styles and themes emerged as art was allowed to become more populous. A revolt against urban, modern art ensued. Art for the locals was easier to understand. Does modernism die when it isn't central to the culture? In this instance it survived in interesting ways before it strengthened after World War II. Some artists identified with other aspects of American culture and adapted to the times. Fundamental changes in magazine design, fashions, interior design, and advertising show this adaptation. The nature of Modernity has shaped contemporary visual culture. Even today the best views of New York are seen from the height of a skyscraper, from the water for the skyline, or from a bridge, preferably the Brooklyn Bridge, symbol of the machine age for so many artists. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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