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224 × 168 mm
344 pages
211 illustrations, 133 in colour
01 Jun 2019
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Creative Gatherings Meeting Places of Modernism Mary Ann Caws

Art is often seen as a solitary, even reclusive, endeavour. But artists, writers and musicians throughout history have found themselves energized by the company of others. Sharing ideas around a table has always provided a starting, and a continuing, place for fruitful exchanges between artists of all kinds. In her fascinating new book, Mary Ann Caws explores a rich variety of gathering places, past and present, that have been conducive to the release and sustenance of creative energies. Creative Gatherings surveys meeting locations across Europe and the United States, from cityscapes to island hideouts, from private homes to public cafés and artists’ colonies. Examples include Florence Griswold’s house in Old Lyme, Connecticut, meeting place of the Old Lyme Art Colony; Prague’s Le Louvre café, haunt of Kafka and Einstein; Picasso’s modernist hangout in Barcelona, Els Quatre Gats; Charleston, gathering place of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant; and the cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse: the haunts of Apollinaire, Sartre and Patti Smith. The book interweaves two hundred examples of collaborative artworks through-out the text, with 120 in colour.

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor Emerita and Resident Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School, City University of New York. She is the author of several books for Reaktion, including The Modern Art Cookbook (2013), Pablo Picasso (2005) and Salvador Dalí (2008).