Art of the Forties Forties art is customarily described as an expression of disintegration, but in his essay on this collection of work from the Museum of Modern Art,… Coffee Table
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Art of the Forties

Details Writer: Riva Castleman; Genre: Coffee Table

Forties art is customarily described as an expression of disintegration, but in his essay on this collection of work from the Museum of Modern Art, Guy Davenport turns that view upside down. The pieces represented here, whether Calder or Klee, Tupperware or furniture, represent, according to him, not disintegration but integration — of Europe and America, craft and art, high culture and low. As such they also represent a triumph of the human spirit in the most turbulent decade of modern history. The reproductions in this volume certainly support Davenport's view. A

Originally posted Apr 05, 1991 Published in issue #60 Apr 05, 1991 Order article reprints