Throughout the 20th century, the evolution of mainstream modernism
in the arts has been shadowed and complicated by alternative
expressions, intended either to set back the clock or to redirect
the stream of "progress". This book, published in conjunction with
the second of three cycles of millennial exhibitions (MoMA2000) at
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, explores the anti-modernist
impulse as exhibited in painting and sculpture through the social,
political, and cultural conflicts of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
Curator Robert Storr reminds the reader of the strengths of some
of this work -- by Otto Dix, Lucien Freud, Francesco Clemente, and
even Pablo Picasso -- and of the enduring popularity of such
artists as Pavel Tchelitchew, whose Hide and Seek, along with
Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World, are among the public's favorite
pictures. Storr also discusses taste and vulgarity and their
implications, both past and present, for institutions like The
Museum of Modern Art that are thought of as canon-builders.
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