The Societe Anonyme

The Societe Anonyme

Modernism for America

Book - 2006
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This beautifully illustrated book highlights the unique history of the Societe Anonyme, Inc., an organization founded in 1920 by the artists Katherine S. Dreier (1877?1952), Marcel Duchamp (1887?1968), and Man Ray (1890?1976). As America's first ?experimental museum? for modern art, the Societe Anonyme provided a means for artists, rather than historians, to chronicle the rise of modernism. Led by Dreier and Duchamp, the group presented to the public a variety of innovative programs, publications, and exhibitions and eventually assembled a collection of more than one thousand artworks.The incredible collection of the Societe Anonyme now belongs to the Yale University Art Gallery, a gift from the Societe and Dreier. It features the work of more than one hundred artists, many of whom are among the century's most renowned'including Jean Arp, Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, El Lissitzky, Piet Mondrian, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, and Joseph Stella'as well as works by lesser-known artists whose contributions to modernism are substantial.With new archival information, including personal correspondence between Dreier and the artists whose work she assembled, a host of previously unpublished images, and essays by leading scholars, this fascinating book is essential to our understanding of the reception and interpretation of modernism in America.Published by Yale University Press in association with the Yale University Art Gallery
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press : Yale University Art Gallery, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780894679612
0894679619
9780300109214
0300109210
Branch Call Number: 709.0407474
Characteristics: xv, 229 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm.

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