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The Life of Forms in Art

The Life of Forms in Art

Modernism, Organism, Vitality

by Brandon Taylor
Paperback
Publication Date: 29/10/2020
RRP  $44.99 $43.90
What is form in modern art? How could a work of art achieve its organic life in a world increasingly dominated by mechanism, by new technology? In this new book, Brandon Taylor proposes that biology and the life sciences themselves supplied many of the analogies and metaphors by which modern artists were guided. For the creative giants of the period - Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky, Strzeminski, Dala, Arp, Motherwell and Pollock, as well as less-known figures such as Taeuber, Erni and Kobro - questions of 'living' form loomed large in studio conversation, in the press, and in the writings of the artists themselves.
In a book rich in new research and fresh thinking, a well-known art historian proposes six modalities of organic and vital life that pervade the radical experiments of modern art- the organic, the biomorphic, the ambiguous, the monstrous, the dialectical, and the liquid.
ISBN:
9781501356018
9781501356018
Category:
History of art / art & design styles
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
29-10-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
232x157x14mm
Weight:
0.51kg
Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub.

His writing has earned him fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation, Kimbilio Fiction, and the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop.

He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in fiction.

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