Biocentrism and Modernism

Biocentrism and Modernism

By: Mr Oliver A.I. Botar (editor), Professor Isabel Wunsche (editor)Hardback

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Examining the complex intersections between art and scientific approaches to the natural world, Biocentrism and Modernism reveals another side to the development of Modernism. While many historians have framed this movement as being mechanistic and "against" nature, the essays in this collection illuminate the role that nature-centric ideologies played in late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth-century Modernism. The essays in Biocentrism and Modernism contend that it is no accident that Modernism arose at the same time as the field of modern biology. From nineteenth-century discoveries, to the emergence of the current environmentalist movement during the 1960s, artists, architects, and urban planners have responded to currents in the scientific world. Sections of the volume treat both philosophic worldviews and their applications in theory, historiography, and urban design. This collection also features specific case studies of individual artists, including Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Jackson Pollock.

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Oliver A.I. Botar received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Toronto and is Professor of Art History in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. Isabel Wunsche studied Art History and Archaeology in Berlin, Moscow, Heidelberg, and Los Angeles, and completed her Ph.D. dissertation at Heidelberg University. She is Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany.


Contents: Introduction: biocentrism as a constituent element of modernism, Oliver A.I. Botar and Isabel Wunsche; Defining biocentrism, Oliver A.I. Botar; Rereading bioromanticism, Monika Wucher; The naming of biomorphism, Jennifer Mundy; On the biology of the inorganic: crystallography and discourses of latent life in the art and architectural historiography of the early 20th century, Spyros Papapetros; Traces of organicism in gardening and urban planning theories in early 20th-century Germany, David Haney and Elke Sohn; Organic visions and biological models in Russian avant-garde art, Isabel Wunsche; Biocentrism and anarchy: Herbert Read's modernism, Allan Antliff; Organicism among the Cubists: the case of Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Mark Antliff; Klee's neo-romanticism: the wages of scientific curiosity, Sara Lynn Henry; Kandinsky and science: the introduction of biological images in the Paris period, Vivian Endicott Barnett; Pollock's dream of a biocentric art: the challenge of his and Peter Blake's ideal museum, Elizabeth L. Langhorne; Select bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/03/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409400509
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781409400509
  • weight: 890
  • ISBN10: 1409400506

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