Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War by David M. LubinGrand Illusions: American Art and the First World War by David M. Lubin

Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War

byDavid M. Lubin

Hardcover | May 30, 2016

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A vivid, engaging account of the famous and forgotten artists and artworks that sought to make sense of America's first total war.Despite the prevailing view of World War I's general lack of impact on American Art, David Lubin takes readers on a journey through the major historical events during and immediately after the war to discover the often missed vast and pervasive influence of the Great War on American visual culture.Grand Illusions presents a highly original examination of the era's artworks that range from patriotic idealism to profound disillusionment. In several stylishly written chapters, Lubin assesses the war's impact on two dozen painters, designers, photographers, and film makers from 1914 to 1933. In addition to profiles of famous and forgotten artists from D.W. Griffith and John Singer Sargent to neglected soldier-painter Claggett Wilsonand the African American outsider artist Horace Pippin, the book features illustrations from epoch-defining films, sculptures, photographs and paintings. Armed with rich cultural-historical details and an interdisciplinary narrative approach, David Lubin creatively upends traditional understandingsof the Great War's effects on the visual arts in America.
David M. Lubin is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University. A former critic for Rolling Stone, he is the author of several books including Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America (Yale UP, 1996), and Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images (University of California Press...
Title:Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:May 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One1. War, Modernism, and the American Spirit2. Dangerous Waters3. Mirroring Masculinity4. Morning in America5. Duchamp's FountainPart Two6. To See or Not to See7. Artists in Uniform8. Fixing Faces9. Monsters at Home10. Epilogue: Men, Machines, and ApesWorks CitedIndex

Editorial Reviews

"A fascinating, richly illustrated examination of how this supposedly 'forgotten' war figured in the American imagination." --David Reynolds, author of The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century