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Inventing futurism : the art and politics of artificial optimism

Author: Christine Poggi
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2009] ©2009
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This book provides a reassessment of Futurism that reintegrates it into the history of twentieth-century avant-garde artistic movements. Countering the standard view of Futurism as naively bellicose, the author argues that Futurist artists and writers were far more ambivalent in their responses to the shocks of industrial modernity than Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's incendiary pronouncements would suggest. The author  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Poggi
ISBN: 9780691133706 0691133700
OCLC Number: 213375901
Awards: Joint winner of Modern Language Association Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian History 2010
Description: xv, 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Futurist velocities --
Folla/follia : futurism and the crowd --
Umberto Boccioni's The city rises : picturing the futurist metropolis --
Photogenic abstraction : Giacomo Balla's Iridescent interpenetrations --
Dreams of metallized flesh : futurism and the masculine body --
Futurist love, luxury, and lust --
Return of the repressed : vicissitudes of the futurist machine aesthetics under fascism --
Responsibility: Christine Poggi.
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Demonstrates that beneath Futurism's belligerent avant-garde posturing lay complex and contradictory attitudes toward an always - deferred utopian future. This book presents a reassessment of  Read more...


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Co-Winner of the 2010 Howard R. Marraro Prize, Modern Language Association "In Inventing Futurism, art historian Christine Poggi describes how the Futurist movement's raw passion for technology was Read more...

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