The first book to document how artists of the early twentieth
century responded to new scientific conceptions of reality. In the
early twentieth century, influenced by advances in science that
included Einstein's theory of relativity and newly powerful
microscopic and telescopic lenses, artists were inspired to expand
their art-to capture a new metareality that went beyond human
perception into unseen dimensions. In 1936, the Hungarian poet
Charles Sirato authored the Dimensionist Manifesto, signaling a new
movement that called on artists to transcend "all the old borders
and barriers of the arts." The manifesto was the first attempt to
systematize the mass of changes that we now call modern art, and
was endorsed by an impressive array of artists, including Jean Arp,
Alexander Calder, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Cesar Domela,
Marcel Duchamp, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy,
Ben Nicholson, Enrico Prampolini, and Sophie Taeuber-Arp.
Dimensionism is the first book in English to explore how these and
other "Dimensionists" responded to the scientific breakthroughs of
their era. The book, which accompanies a traveling exhibition,
reproduces works by the manifesto's initial endorsers and by such
artists as Georges Braque, Joseph Cornell, Helen Lundeberg, Man
Ray, Herbert Matter, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Kay Sage,
Patrick Sullivan, and Dorothea Tanning. It also offers essays by
prominent art historians that examine Sirato's now almost-forgotten
text and the artists who searched for a means of expression that
obliterated old conceptions and parameters. Appearing for the first
time in English is Sirato's own "History of the Dimensionist
Manifesto," written in 1966. The book brings aa long-forgotten
voice and text back into circulation. Artists Alexander Archipenko,
Jean Arp, Herbert Bayer, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Joseph
Cornell, John Covert, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Cesar
Domela, Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, Max Ernst, Naum Gabo,
Barbara Hepworth, Wassily Kandinsky, Gerome Kamrowski, Frederick
Kann, Helen Lundeberg, Man Ray, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta,
Herbert Matter, Joan Miro, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Henry Moore, Nina
Negri, Ben Nicholson, Isamu Noguchi, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang
Paalen, Antoine Pevsner, Pablo Picasso, Enrico Prampolini, Anton
Prinner, Kay Sage, Charles Sirato, Will Henry Stevens, Patrick
Sullivan, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning
Copublished with the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
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