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Author: Fernand LégerCarolyn LanchnerJodi HauptmanMatthew AffronBeth HandlerAll authors
Publisher: New York : Museum of Modern Art : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
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"Fernand Leger is the only major modern artist to choose modernity itself as his subject. From his early series "Contrastes de formes," of 1913-14 - the first fully abstract works to emerge from Cubism - through his paintings of construction workers from the late 1940s and early 1950s, his enduring subject was the pulse and dynamism of everyday life. Leger saw the twentieth-century environment as "a state of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Expositions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955.
Fernand Léger.
New York : Museum of Modern Art : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 1998
(OCoLC)605435496
Named Person: Fernand Léger; Fernand Léger; Fernand Léger; Fernand Léger; Fernand Léger; Fernand Leger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fernand Léger; Carolyn Lanchner; Jodi Hauptman; Matthew Affron; Beth Handler; Kristen Erickson; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0810961857 9780810961852 0870700529 9780870700521 0870700537 9780870700538
OCLC Number: 38594176
Notes: Published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Feb. 15-May 12, 1998.
Description: 303 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: Fernand Leger: American Connections / Carolyn Lanchner --
Imagining Cities / Jodi Hauptman --
Leger's Modernism: Subjects and Objects / Matthew Affron --
Plates --
Introductions / Beth Handler --
Chronology / Kristen Erickson --
Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art.
Responsibility: [exhibition organized by] Carolyn Lanchner ; with essays by Carolyn Lanchner, Jodi Hauptman and Matthew Affron ; and contributions by Beth Handler and Kristen Erickson.

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"Fernand Leger is the only major modern artist to choose modernity itself as his subject. From his early series "Contrastes de formes," of 1913-14 - the first fully abstract works to emerge from Cubism - through his paintings of construction workers from the late 1940s and early 1950s, his enduring subject was the pulse and dynamism of everyday life. Leger saw the twentieth-century environment as "a state of contrasts," a condition that he translated into art through forceful juxtapositions of shape, color, and line. His attempt to reconcile the formal concerns of artmaking with issues of social responsibility continues to be relevant to the art world of today." "This book is published to accompany a retrospective exhibition appearing at The Museum of Modern Art in the winter and spring of 1998 - New York's first in-depth survey of Leger's work in over forty years. The essays include Carolyn Lanchner's account of Leger's experience of and interest in America (he visited the United States several times, and lived there during World War II), and also of America's interest in him. Jodi Hauptman explores refractions of Leger's interests in the work of more recent artists, and Matthew Affron discusses Leger's ambition to make an art reflecting the "new visual state" of modern life. The plate section reproduces over eighty of Leger's paintings and drawings, and is accompanied by a series of short essays tracing formal and thematic developments in his art."--Jacket.

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