Synopses & Reviews
In 1933, John Rice founded Black Mountain College in North Carolina as an experiment in making artistic experience central to learning. Though it operated for only 24 years, this pioneering school played a significant role in fostering avant-garde art, music, dance, and poetry, and an astonishing number of important artists taught or studied there. Among the instructors were Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Karen Karnes, M. C. Richards, and Willem de Kooning, and students included Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly.
Leap Before You Look is a singular exploration of this legendary school and of the work of the artists who spent time there. Scholars from a variety of fields contribute original essays about diverse aspects of the Collegeandmdash;spanning everything from its farm program to the influence of Bauhaus principlesandmdash;and about the people and ideas that gave it such a lasting impact. In addition, catalogue entries highlight selected works, including writings, musical compositions, visual arts, and crafts. The bookandrsquo;s fresh approach and rich illustration program convey the atmosphere of creativity and experimentation that was unique to Black Mountain College, and that served as an inspiration to so many. This timely volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in the College and its enduring legacy.
This compelling book looks at the work of three influential women artists and at the import of feminism in their practices. Painters Lee Lozano (1930and#150;1999), Sylvia Plimack Mangold (b. 1938), and Joan Semmel (b. 1932) are each intensely private andand#150;and#150;to varying degreesand#150;and#150;chose or have chosen to disappear into their studios to work. Seemingly unconcerned about the prevailing styles or movements, these three women nevertheless each contributed to transformations in the art world.
Solitaire examines in depth the three artistsand#8217; work, sets the historical and social context, and analyzes the private endeavor of the artist alongside the critical reception of their art. The authors call attention to other artists who, like these three, have chosen private or idiosyncratic paths that too often exclude them from art historical narratives.
A dynamic new look at the legendary college that was a major incubator of the arts in midcentury America
This richly illustrated catalogue presents a vivid picture of Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which was a major incubator of avant-garde art, music, dance, and poetry in midcentury America.
About the Author
Helen Molesworth is Maisie K. and James R. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard University Art Museums. Johanna Burton is on faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and the School of the Arts, Columbia University. Richard Meyer is associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of Southern California.and#160;