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LIVING LINE: MODERN ART AND THE ECONOMY OF ENERGY. Robin Veder. Dartmouth College Press, University Press of New England, Lebanon, 2015. Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture. 446 pp. with 128 ills. (25 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-36573 ISBN 9781611687231 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 166808. Publisher's description: Robin Veder's The Living Line is a radical reconceptualization of the development of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American modernism. The author illuminates connections among the histories of modern art, body cultures, and physiological aesthetics in early-twentieth-century American culture, fundamentally altering our perceptions about art and the physical, and the degree of cross-pollination in the arts. The Living Line shows that American producers and consumers of modernist visual art repeatedly characterized their aesthetic experience in terms of kinesthesia, the sense of bodily movement. They explored abstraction with kinesthetic sensibilities and used abstraction to achieve kinesthetic goals. In fact, the formalist approach to art was galvanized by theories of bodily response derived from experimental physiological psychology and facilitated by contemporary body cultures such as modern dance, rhythmic gymnastics, physical education, and physical therapy. Situating these complementary ideas and exercises in relation to enduring fears of neurasthenia, Veder contends that aesthetic modernism shared industrial modernity's objective of efficiently managing neuromuscular energy.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166807
Hardcover $85.00    

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