The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity (Softcover)

Corn organizes each chapter around a careful reading of a work of art, probing first its peculiar poetry and style and then its connection to its artist and the cultural influences surrounding it. The result is an unfolding of the work's contingent relationships with history, literature, art criticism, music, and popular culture. The works she examines-from those made by the Stieglitz circle to those by European Dadaists-were part of the quest for "the Great American Thing," a quest that was international in scope and that inspired a decade of vibrant cultural exchange between the art capitals of Europe and New York.

Passionate and eminently readable, with more than 300 illustrations-drawings, paintings, sculptures, advertisements, cartoons, and documentary photographs-The Great American Thing indelibly alters the way we think about the first decades of American modernism and the legacy it created.

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