Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp (Hardcover)

By Carlos Basualdo (Editor), Erica F. Battle (Editor), Reinaldo Laddaga (Contribution by)
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This fascinating book explores the interwoven lives, radical art, and shared experimental spirit of Marcel Duchamp and four of America's most important postwar artists: composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The publication traces the relationships among all five of these artists by mapping their intersections and examining the depth of their artistic exchanges.

At the heart of the publication is an anthology of key texts from selected interviews, magazine articles, and book excerpts, by scholars, critics, and the artists themselves, that together narrate the younger generation's first connections to Duchamp and his work, which would profoundly redefine his legacy as well as the entire field of contemporary art. A new text by Calvin Tomkins provides an insightful first-person account of his encounters with these artists at a key moment in the 1960s. The book also includes the first extensive chronology that recounts the lives, art, and common projects of this influential group of artists.

About the Author

Basualdo is a poet, critic, and curator. He is currently adjunct professor in the Department of Art and Design, Universita degli Studi, Venice, Italy.

Praise For…

“among the greatest written explications of the American midcentury avant-garde anywhere.”—The Buffalo News 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300189254
ISBN-10: 0300189257
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Pages: 432
Language: English