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The End of the American Avant Garde : American Social Experience Series - Stuart D. Hobbs

The End of the American Avant Garde

American Social Experience Series

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780814735398
Number Of Pages: 242

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"By 1966, the composer Virgil Thomson would write, "Truth is, there is no avant-garde today." How did the avant garde dissolve, and why? In this thought-provoking work, Stuart D. Hobbs traces the avant garde from its origins to its eventual appropriation by a conservative political agenda, consumer culture, and the institutional world of art.

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"Hobbs provides ample grounds for readers to ponder the interplay between particular movements in the arts and a larger American culture in the late 1950s and early 1960s."

-American Historical Review

Toward the Last American Vanguard, 1930-1955
Introduction: The Avant Garde and the Culture of the Futurep. 3
The Communist Party, Modernism, and the Avant Gardep. 19
The American Avant Garde, 1945-1960
Alienationp. 41
Innovationp. 59
The Futurep. 93
The End of the Avant Garde, 1950-1965
The Cold War, Cultural Radicalism, and the Defense of Capitalismp. 115
Institutional Enthrallmentp. 125
Consumer Culture Commodificationp. 139
The End of the Avant Garde, 1965-1995
The Convention of Innovation and the End of the Futurep. 171
Bibliographical Essay
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ISBN: 9780814735398
ISBN-10: 0814735398
Series: American Social Experience Series; 37
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 14.86  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.34