Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s
Although Lewis Mumford is widely acknowledged as the seminal American critic of architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century, he is less known for his art criticism. He began contributing to this field in the early 1920s, and his influence peaked between 1932 and 1937, when he was art critic for the New Yorker. This book, for the first time, assembles Mumford's important art criticism in a single volume. His columns bring wit and insight to bear on a range of artists, from establishment figures like Matisse and Brancusi to relatively new arrivals like Reginald Marsh and Georgia O'Keeffe. These articles provide an unusual window onto the New York art scene just as it was casting off provincialism in favor of a more international outlook. On a deeper level, the columns probe beneath the surface of modern art, revealing an alienation that Mumford believed symptomatic of a larger cultural disintegration… [From Amazon.com]
University of California Press
Lewis Mumford, Modern art, Art criticism, New Yorker (Magazine), New York City
American Art and Architecture | Art and Design | Modern Art and Architecture | Theory and Criticism
Wojitowicz, Robert (Editor), "Mumford on Modern Art in the 1930s" (2007). Art Faculty Books. 2.