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Visual music : synaesthesia in art and music since 1900

Author: Kerry Brougher; Olivia Mattis; Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Publisher: [London] : Thames & Hudson ; Washington, D.C. : Hirshhorn Museum ; Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This new book and the exhibition it accompanies trace the history of a revolutionary idea: that fine art should attain the abstract purity of music. Over the past one hundred years adventurous modern and contemporary artists have explored unorthodox means to invent a kinetic, nonrepresentational art modeled upon pure instrumental music." "Music has inspired some of the most progressive art of our time - from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Expositions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kerry Brougher; Olivia Mattis; Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
ISBN: 0500512175 9780500512173 0914357891 9780914357896
OCLC Number: 60839237
Notes: Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Feb. 13-May 22, 2005 and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 23-Sept. 11, 2005.
Published simultaneously in New York.
Description: 271 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: Visual music / Jeremy Strick --
Music for the eyes : abstract painting and light art / Judith Zilczer --
Visual-music culture / Kerry Brougher --
Expanding the synaesthetic paradigm / Ari Wiseman --
Scriabin to Gershwin : color music from a musical perspective / Oilvia Mattis.
Other Titles: Synaesthesia in art and music since 1900
Responsibility: organized by Kerry Brougher [and others] ; essay by Olivia Mattis.

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While early abstract paintings tended to approach music metonymically, the colour organs, films, light shows and installations from midtwentieth century onwards engage a range of perceptual faculties  Read more...

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