FACE A L'HISTOIRE, 1933-1996: L'ARTISTE MODERNE DEVANT L'EVENEMENT HISTORIQUE (Facing History, 1933-1996: The Modern Artist Confronting the Historical Event). Jean-Paul Ameline et al. Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne/Centre de creation industrielle, Paris, 1996. Published in association with Flammarion, Paris. 620 pp. with 558 ills. (148 col.). 31 x 25 cm. LC 97-138750 ISBN 2858508984 In French.
Examines the varied responses of avant-garde artists to turbulent global historical currents from the rise of fascism in Europe to armed conflicts of the post-Cold War era. This voluminous catalogue illustrates more than 350 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, collages and posters produced from the early 1930s to the present by Kokoschka, Dix, Beckmann, Picasso, Miro, Siqueiros, Moore, Fautrier, Jorn, Motherwell, Vedova, Rauschenberg, Pistoletto, Merz, Immendorff, Haacke and scores of other international figures, the works ranging from veristic narrative images to emotionally charged gestural abstractions. Some 60 essays explore the complex interplay between art and history over the course of the period, including examinations of such topics as the Surrealist response to the Spanish Civil War, the political concerns informing Italian abstract painting of the late 1940s and 50s, the use of mass-media imagery in progressive art of the 1960s and 70s and the subversive character of contemporary photojournalistic art.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 025903