Improvision : orphic art in the age of Jazz /

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts,, London, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.1 online resource (336 pages) (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst00798800, (OCoLC)fst00815413, (OCoLC)fst00982165, Aesthetics, Modern., Art and music., Art et musique., fast, Jazz.


Includes bibliographical references.Introduction & Theoretical Preliminaries: Art, Abstraction and All That Jazz -- 1. The Sight and Sound of Nascent Jazz: Words, Definitions & Rags -- 2. Orphism and a New Tune I: Dance, Music, Painting -- 3. Orphism and a New Tune II: Words, Music, Image -- 4. Orphism in America: Art, Machines and Jazz Rhythm -- 5. Objects, Improvisation and Rhythm: Kandinsky, Duchamp and Beyond -- Selected Bibliography."Central to the development of abstract art, in the early decades of the 20th century was the conception (most famously articulated by Walter Pater) that the most appropriate paradigm for non-figurative art was music. The assumption has always been that this model was most effectively understood as Western art music (classical music). However, the musical form that was abstract art's true twin is jazz, a music that originated with African Americans, but which had a profound impact on European artistic sensibilities. Both art forms share creative techniques of rhythm, groove, gesture and improvisation. This book sets out to theorize affinities and connections between, and across, two seemingly diverse cultural phenomena."--Compliant with Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Content is displayed as HTML full text which can easily be resized or read with assistive technology, with mark-up that allows screen readers and keyboard-only users to navigate easily.