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The Modern Art Cookbookby Mary Ann Caws
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"What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way?"
With these words, Pablo Picasso described the revolutionary methods of painting and artistic perspective with which he challenged the ways people and the world were defined. His life was a similarly complex prism of people, places, and ideologies that spanned most of the twentieth century. Acclaimed scholar Mary Ann Caws provides in Pablo Picasso a fresh and concise examination of Picasso's life and art, revisiting the themes that occupied him throughout his life and weaving these themes through his crucial close relationships.
Caws embarks on a global journey to retrace the footsteps of Picasso, giving biographical context to his work from Les Demoiselles d'Avignon through Guernica and analyzing the changes and inconsistencies in his oeuvre over the course of the twentieth century. She examines Picasso's attempts to balance various viewpoints, artistic strategies, lovers, and friends, positing the central figures of the Harlequin, the clown, and the acrobat in his art as emblematic of his actions. Gertrude Stein, Max Jacob, Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau, Andrand#233; Breton, Salvador Daland#237;, Paul Eluard, and Roland Penrose all make appearances in these pages as Caws examines their influence on Picasso. Caws also delves into Picasso's tumultuous relationships with his lovers Dora Maar, Franand#231;oise Gilot, and Jacqueline Roque to understand their effects on his art.and#160;
A compelling and original portrait, Pablo Picasso offers a lively exploration into the personal networks that both challenged and sustained Picasso.
and#8220;Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasureand#8212;that of being Salvador Daland#237;.and#8221;
He was a force unto himself, an icon of outrageousness, artistic brilliance, eccentricity, and unmistakable style. Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Daland#237; y Domand#232;nech, Marquis of Pubol, was one of the foremost artists of the twentieth century, and in this concise narrative acclaimed art historian Mary Ann Caws provides a sharply written survey of his life and work.
Salvador Daland#237; examines every twist and turn in Daland#237;and#8217;s long and multifaceted career and the pivotal artistic movements at whose center he stood. From his early life in the Catalan region and his expulsions from the School of Fine Arts in Madrid and other schools to the surrealist movement and his work with Buand#241;uel on the films Un chein andalou and Land#8217;and#194;ge dand#8217;or, Caws charts Daland#237;and#8217;s influences and creative process. Daland#237;and#8217;s turbulent personal life brought him in contact with a rich assortment of intellectual figures, and Caws considers his relationships with his family; his lovers, including the married Elena Diakonova; and with friends such as poet Federico Garcia Lorca. His writings, drawings, photography, and painted works offer up new clues about the artist under Cawsand#8217;s incisive eye, as she analyzes his lesser-known writings and creative works, as well as his Surrealist paintings and and#8220;hand-painted dream photographsand#8221; such as The Persistence of Memory.
A masterfully written biographical study, Salvador Daland#237; paints an arresting portrait of one of the most elusive artists of our time.
Matisse, Picasso, Hockneyandmdash;they may not have been from the same period, but they all painted still lifes of food. And they are not alone. Andy Warhol painted soup cans, Claes Oldenburg sculpted an ice cream cone on the top of a building in Cologne, Jack Kerouacandrsquo;s Sal ate apple pie across the country, and Truman Capote served chicken hash at the Black and White Ball. Food has always played a role in art, but how well and what did the artists themselves eat? Exploring a panoply of artworks of food, cooking, and eating from Europe and the Americas, The Modern Art Cookbook opens a window into the lives of artists, writers, and poets in the kitchen and the studio throughout the twentieth century and beyond.
From the early moderns to the impressionists; from symbolists to cubists and surrealists; from the Beats to the abstractionists of the New York School, Mary Ann Caws surveys how artists and writers have eaten, cooked, and depicted food. She examines the parallels between the art of cuisine and the visual arts and literature, using artworks, diaries, novels, letters, and poems to illuminate the significance of particular ingredients and dishes in the lives of the worldandrsquo;s greatest artists. In between, she supplies numerous recipes from these artistsandmdash;including Ezra Poundandrsquo;s poetic eggs, Candeacute;zanneandrsquo;s baked tomatoes, and Monetandrsquo;s madeleinesandmdash;alongside one hundred color illustrations and thought-provoking selections from both poetry and prose. A joyous and illuminating guide to the art of food, The Modern Art Cookbook is a feast for the mind as well as the palate.
About the Author
and#160;Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalandiacute;, also published by Reaktion Books.
Table of Contents
2. Picasso the Spaniard
3. Paris : the Bateau-Lavoir
4. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and the beginnings of cubism
5. Poetic cubism
6. The ballets russes
8. Guernica and the party
9. The south of France
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