Dancing around the Bride Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barbican Centre for Arts and Conferences

Book - 2012

This book explores the interwoven lives, radical art, and shared experimental spirit of Marcel Duchamp and four of America's most important postwar artists: composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The publication traces the relationships among all five of these artists by mapping their intersections and examining the depth of their artistic exchanges. At the heart of the publication is an anthology of key texts from select...ed interviews, magazine articles, and book excerpts, by scholars, critics, and the artists themselves, that together narrate the younger generation's first connections to Duchamp and his work, which would profoundly redefine his legacy as well as the entire field of contemporary art. A new text by Calcin Tomkins provides an insightful first-person account of his encounters with these artists at a key moment int he 1960s. The book also includes the first extensive chronology that recounts the lives, art, and common projects of this influential group of artists.

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Published
Philadelphia, PA : Philadelphia Museum of Art [2012]
Language
English
Item Description
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp, Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 30, 2012-January 21, 2013, Barbican Art Gallery, London, February 14-June 9, 2013."
Issued in slipcase.
Physical Description
432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780300189254
9780876332429
0876332424
0300189257
Corporate Authors
Philadelphia Museum of Art (-), Barbican Centre for Arts and Conferences
Other Authors
Carlos Basualdo, 1964- (editor of compilation), Erica F. Battle (writer of added commentary), Calvin Tomkins, 1925-
  • Foreword /
  • Timothy Rub
  • Lenders to the exhibition
  • Acknowledgments
  • Openness and Grace / Carlos Basualdo and Erica F. Battle
  • Asking the Question /
  • Calvin Tomkins
  • I. Anthology. Introduction /
  • Reinaldo Laddaga
  • Early Reflections
  • Johns and Duchamp?
  • Two Diagnoses
  • Artists Talk
  • Debating Composers
  • Into the 1970s
  • Late Recollections.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Published in conjunction with an eponymous exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and described as a "reader" rather than a catalog, this anthology examines the influence of avant-garde icon Marcel Duchamp on composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The "Bride" of the title refers to Duchamp's masterpiece "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even" (1915–23), a painting that inspired individual as well as collaborative works from this quartet of creators. In essays, articles, interviews, and recollections gathered here by editors Basualdo (Keith L. and Katherine Sachs curator, contemporary art, Philadelphia Museum of Art) and Battle (curatorial assistant, modern & contemporary art, Philadelphia Museum of Art), critics, scholars, and the artists themselves explore Duchamp's legacy and its effects on contemporary art. Also included are a section of color plates representing a selection of works from the exhibit and a chronology tracing the lives and works of this extraordinary group of artists. VERDICT Readers interested in visual and kinetic forms of postwar avant-garde art will savor this collection.—Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L. [Page 78]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An examination of the interwoven lives and works of Duchamp and four of America’s most important postwar artists This fascinating book explores the interwoven lives, radical art, and shared experimental spirit of Marcel Duchamp and four of America's most important postwar artists: composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The publication traces the relationships among all five of these artists by mapping their intersections and examining the depth of their artistic exchanges.At the heart of the publication is an anthology of key texts from selected interviews, magazine articles, and book excerpts, by scholars, critics, and the artists themselves, that together narrate the younger generation's first connections to Duchamp and his work, which would profoundly redefine his legacy as well as the entire field of contemporary art. A new text by Calvin Tomkins provides an insightful first-person account of his encounters with these artists at a key moment in the 1960s. The book also includes the first extensive chronology that recounts the lives, art, and common projects of this influential group of artists.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An examination of the interwoven lives and works of Duchamp and four of America’s most important postwar artists