Arthur Dove: Always Connect (Hardback)Rachael Ziady DeLue (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 1633 g
Dimensions: 287 x 226 x 30 mm
"DeLue presents a Dove just waiting to be revisited, a Dove so much more interesting and beguiling than previously assumed. This is a Dove who engages the most vernacular things--maps, letters, numbers, weather, metal, natural and manmade sounds, hair, elemental shapes--to arrive at a refreshingly prosaic and often literal sense of connectedness. This is the boldest, the most illuminating, the most persuasive, and frankly the most interesting study of pre-1945 American modernism I have ever read."--Leo Mazow, University of Arkansas "Washington BookReview"
"Provocative. . . In detailed readings of numerous paintings, including calligraphic aspects of Dove's signatures and comparisons with contemporaneous graphic and scientific representations as sources for Dove's depictions of natural phenomena, the author sheds new light on how to read the abstract painterly elements of the artist's works. . . . Highly recommended."-- "Choice"
"Reveals a remarkable array of forces at work in what is probably the best body of painted work in the circle around Alfred Stieglitz. DeLue avoids many classical approaches, questions, issues; instead, she delivers a visual cultural investigation of historical discourses--about weather, sound recording and broadcast, shorthand, and others--that pays substantial dividends when DeLue returns to discuss the paintings. This is an exemplary art historical appropriation of visual culture, and it puts forward a strong thesis about what motivates Dove's major works of 1921 to 1946."-- "Critical Inquiry"
"Sheds light on previously little known dimensions of [Dove's] work. With the help of her unmatchable knowledge of paining and Dove, DeLue has reinterpreted Dove's work in a very fresh way."-- "Washington BookReview"
"Through its focus on a single artist, the American modernist painter Arthur Dove, DeLue's book increasingly widens its scope to take in everything from weather science to jazz improvisation, from the study of Gregg shorthand to the structure of the radium atom. DeLue follows where Dove's work and life lead, and the results are no less dazzling than the paintings that appear in full color in this splendid book."--Richard Meyer, author of What Was Contemporary Art? "Washington BookReview"
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