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Making Paradise : Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera - Kenneth E. Silver

Making Paradise

Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera

By: Kenneth E. Silver, Pari Stave (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 8th June 2001
ISBN: 9780262194587
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Foreword by Pari Stave The French Riviera has been a fabled resort for more than a century. As an enclave for the rich and famous, as well as a scenic tourist spot, it represents all that is beautiful and amusing. But for many of the twentieth century's finest painters, sculptors, photographers, and architects it has been much more: a place of potent myth and extraordinary creativity. Picasso, Matisse, Beckmann, Brancusi, Lartigue, Le Corbusier, and Eileen Gray, among many others, were inspired to create some of their greatest work on the Cote d'Azur. This study examines the impact of modernity and the artistic imagination on an idyllic landscape. Touching on the issues of pleasure and escape, work and leisure, and desire and ecstasy, "Making Paradise" offers a fresh look at the Cote d'Azur and its historical significance as a site for modernist innovation from 1890 to the present. Beginning with the neoimpressionists, moving to the Fauves, and ending with such contemporary artists as David Hockney and Faith Ringgold, the book examines the splendid light and terrain of the southeastern coast of France and the region's influence on the artists who worked and played there. Like the book, the exhibition it accompanies features unexpected juxtapostitions: masterworks by Bonnard and Picasso with the photographs of Lartigue and Model; the villas of Le Corbusier, Gray, and Mallet-Stevens with designs for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo; and ceramics of Picasso with the found-object constructions of the Ecole de Nice of the early 1960s. Copublished with the AXA Gallery, New York. Exhibition information: AXA Gallery New York, New York April 26-July 14, 2001

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...[A] gorgeous thoughtful book, full of images by Picasso and others. -- K.C. Summers * Washington Post *

Director's Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Mapp. 11
Art, Love, and Death on the Riviera, a Forewordp. 13
Introduction: Artists, Tourists, and the Pleasure Problemp. 17
Elsewherep. 26
Pioneersp. 32
Luxp. 35
Utopia-by-the-Seap. 38
Chambre Clairep. 43
Arcadiap. 52
Palm Trees and Sandy Beaches: From Icon to Indexp. 61
The Raw and the Cooked: Vernacular and High Modernismp. 70
Cote d'Azur Cubismp. 75
Intruders in the Landscapep. 83
A Photographer Despite Himselfp. 94
Hedonismp. 100
Villa Americap. 108
Fake, Absurd, Amazing, Deliciousp. 116
The Blue Trainp. 121
Rien Ne Vas Plusp. 124
A Political Critique of the Rivierap. 131
Refugep. 141
Work and Joy: A New Beginningp. 152
Modernism in Aeternump. 158
Local Heroes, New Mythsp. 167
Notesp. 179
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ISBN: 9780262194587
ISBN-10: 0262194589
Series: Making Paradise
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 8th June 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 28.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.34