David Wallace's book, Capital of the World, seems to have been written to take advantage of the renewed interest in everything '20s
. Sadly, it is a deeply flawed work that fails to capture the allure of this unique moment in U.S.
In the late '20s
, when teaching at Tufts University, Marston met a student named Olive Richard, who moved in with him and his wife.
Time and again, the contrast was made between London, the world city of nineteenth century capitalism created almost entirely by market forces, and Berlin, the (up to now) remote city on the eastern edge of central Europe, largely forged by successive authoritarian governments (except in the '20s
and at present).
And not only that: the myth was still very potent of Potsdamer's centrality to the city in the '20s
, the only time when the entire city has ever been free of authoritarian rule; its vitality and modernity were remembered, not its chaos and seediness.
The Roaring '20s
- particularly in New York, Douglas's focus - represent the end of Victorian gentility, the conclusion of the 19th-century feminization of American culture (the topic of her previous research).
Its big drum, under its square top, terminates the composition on the Elbe, and acts as a counterpoint to the five-storey '20s
tower diagonally across the court.
The wild metamorphoses of the body in the late '20s
and early '30s in works such as Figures au bord de la mer (Figures by the sea), 1931, begin, once again, to reflect something of the lover's rage to mold the beloved's body under the pressure of his own hands, just as their projecting teeth suggest the yearning to devour the other, yet the bodies seem frozen, statuesque, rather than labile, and their surfaces appear too stony to be consumed.
Perhaps his column should have been called "The Anti-Skyline." In the '20s
, New York came into its own as a global capital and this was symbolized by the convergence of vertical and horizontal forces.
By the early '20s
the more exuberantly aggressive paint-heavy manner we now associate with Soutine was in place - canvases that exhibit an unmistakable volupte in their writhing, tortuous substance, but at the price of mesure, particularly in the Southern landscapes of Ceret and Cagnes (towns he grew to detest).
Moreover, the events that constitute the episode of New York Dada are confined to the years of World War I and its immediate aftermath, whereas the influence of Surrealism spreads unevenly over the next three decades of American history, beginning with a select group of American writers and magazine editors living in Paris in the '20s
and moving on to the eventual absorption of Surrealist automatism into the visual vocabulary of Abstract Expressionism during the years of World War II.
in the works of the '20s
, the grid assumes the role of the signifier; it is the foundation of his plastic discourse, while color, or its absence, operates on a more "retinal," perceptual level.
I think of Florine Stettheimer as both an outlaw and an insider, a condition peculiar to the haute-bohemian milieu she knew well in '20s
and '30s New York.
Situating the '20s
as the period when New York gained cultural preeminence in the U.S., Terrible Honesty cuts through conventional Eurocentric historical biases to tell all, unabashedly naming the fusion of black and white culture as what created the city's distinctive allure.
March, who died in 1977, had already republished the thing in 1968 in a self-censored version (he took out the ethnic slurs considered so cool among slumming white people in the '20s
; Edmund Wilson loved using the word "niger"); along for the ride were a number of rather pointless, effete line drawings by Paul Busch.
The 75 photos in this exhibit basically corresponded to the successive stages of Casasola's itinerary: the photo-reporter's views of high and low society in the Porfirio era; the icons of the Mexican Revolution--Madero, Huerta, Pancho Villa, Zapata, along with the anonymous soldiers and peasants who followed them; the vigilantes of public life in precisely those areas where Casasola exercised his official functions in the '20s
and '30s--the courts, the prisons, the popular entertainments.