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On the Edge of Your Seat: Popular Theater and Film in Early Twentieth-Century American Art

McDonnell, Professor Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0300092407 / ISBN 13: 9780300092400
Published by Yale University Press May 1, 2002, New Haven, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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219 pages. Oversized. Green cloth cover, minor wear to corners and edges. Dust jacket has slight wear to edges. Inside is bright and clean, with many b&w and color illustrations throughout. A nice copy. Record # 455377. Bookseller Inventory # 455377

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Title: On the Edge of Your Seat: Popular Theater ...

Publisher: Yale University Press May 1, 2002, New Haven

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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American artists in the early decades of the 20th century found rich inspiration in vaudeville halls, revue theatres and moving-picture houses. The spectacular new visual attractions in these venues, emerging partly as a result of such technological advances as electrical lighting of the stage and the invention of motion pictures, emboldened artists to translate the arresting stimuli to their own medium. This illustrated work is devoted to American artists' responses to film, popular theatre, and other urban amusements from 1890 to 1930. The volume presents more than 100 paintings, drawings, watercolours and photographs that convey the highly-charged experience of attending vaudeville, early moving-picture shows, and other forms of popular amusements. These works of art reveal much about the beginnings of modernity in the United States and about how artists in early 20th-century America searched for new pictorial vocabularies to express the profound change and dynamism of their time. The contributors to the volume represent a wide variety of expertise - from art history to film to theatre - and they examine works by such key artists as Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn, Everett Shinn and John Sloan, each of whom found a different formal and stylistic means to portray popular entertainment and, along the way, what it meant to be modern.

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This is the catalogue for an exhibition on view at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, from April 27 to August 4, 2002. It then will travel to the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, from September 15, 2002 to January 5, 2003, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts, Philadelphia, from February 22 to May 18, 2003. Published in association with the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

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