Patron Saints [EPUB]

Patron Saints [EPUB]
Patron Saints: Five Rebels Who Opened America to a New Art 1928-1943 by Nicholas Fox Weber
2014 | EPUB | 11.91MB

Weber deftly interweaves the lives of five extraordinary individuals whose intelligence, wealth (despite the Depression), social ties, and courage revolutionized the cultural arts by bringing modernism to the American public. In 1928, as founders of the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, undergraduates Lincoln Kirstein and Edward Warburg rented two rooms above the Harvard Coop and staged bold exhibitions of the works of Buckminster Fuller, Alexander Calder, Brancusi, and the Bauhaus School. They wreaked havoc in the established art world. Later, they brought Balanchine here to organize a ballet school. Agnes Mongan, a scholar at the Fogg Art Museum, gave new significance to drawings and paved the way for women to become art curators and directors. A. Everett Austin, the Wadsworth Atheneum's director, introduced Surrealism. James Soby was a discerning collector and curator of new art. A brilliant tribute to pioneers of our cultural history.