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This book is the first to focus on the extraordinary symbiosis between Critical Theory and other discourses of the visual in the first half of the twentieth century. In four extended case studies, Frederic J. Schwartz traces the way central concepts of the aesthetics later termed "Frankfurt School" were deeply rooted in contemporary developments in painting, photography, architecture, and film, as well as psychology, advertising, and the discipline of art history as it was practiced by figures such as Heinrich Wolfflin, Erwin Panofsky, Wilhelm Pinder, and Hans Sedlmayr. Schwartz explores the shifting intersection between the history of art and the Frankfurt School and seeks to uncover its specific logic. He argues that artists, art historians, and Critical Theorists were united by a common project: that of exploring those aspects of modernity that could only be revealed by its visual products, of knowing the modern visually.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300108293
ISBN-10: 030010829X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Frederic J. Schwartz

Frederic J. Schwartz is reader in history of art, University College London, and author of The Werkbund: Design Theory and Mass Culture Before the First World War, published by Yale University Press.

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Werkbund by Frederic J. Schwartz

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