Max Weber

Max Weber : An American Cubist in Paris and London, 1905-15

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Russian-American emigre Max Weber (1881-1961) was one of the most influential Modernists in America in the early 20th century. For the first time, this book examines Weber in a European context, highlighting his crucial role in the cross-cultural dialogue between Paris and London and his important influence on the British avant-garde.

A series of fascinating illustrated essays explore Weber's connections to Matisse, Picasso and Henri Rousseau, showing how the French artists' influence on him was also transmitted to British artists outside of France who shared a common goal. The writers analyse the artistic and personal relationship between Weber and photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn (both important innovators and disseminators of Modernism), and investigate Weber's participation in the 'nameless' 1913 exhibition in London of works by the Grafton Group, which included Vanessa Bell and Wyndham Lewis.

Featuring a number of little-known illustrations and comprehensive, scholarly endmatter, Max Weber: An American Cubist in Paris and London, 1905-15 is an essential reference work for all those interested in the development and dialogues of artistic Modernism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 245 x 280 x 22.86mm | 1,501.39g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes 64 colour and 33 b&w illustrations
  • 1848221630
  • 9781848221635

Table of contents

Contents: Foreword: Max Weber - the emigre context, Sarah MacDougall; Introduction: Max Weber - an overview, Dr Percy North; Weber and the Paris art world (1905-8), Dr Nancy Ireson; Max Weber and Alvin Langdon Coburn, Pamela Roberts; Weber in the London art world: his influence on British Modernism, Professor Anna Gruetzner Robins; The Weber Collection and Coburn Connection, Lionel Kelly; Artists' biographies; Timeline; Notes; Select bibliography; Contributors' biographies; Acknowledgements; Short history and mission statement of Ben Uri; List of patrons; Internal advisory board; Index.
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Review quote

[The] essays are brief and rely for their value upon the novelty of Weber's perspective on this historical moment [...] Luckily it is a compelling moment, described with rigour and little in the way of hyperbole. Burlington Magazine, March 2015 'Overall, this catalogue is most useful for its general description of events, biographical information, and copious full-color illustrations. Useful back matter includes an illustrated chronology, artists' biographies, endnotes, bibliography, and three appendixes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, and research collections.' Choice
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About Anna Gruetzner-Robins

Sarah MacDougall (Eva Frankfurther Research and Curatorial Fellow for the Study of Emigre Artists/Head of Collections) and Rachel Dickson (Head of Curatorial Services) have been joint senior curators at Ben Uri since 2002. They co-curated, co-edited and contributed to the exhibition and book, Uproar! The First 50 Years of the London Group, 1913-63 (2013).
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