The paperback edition of a milestone work that has been unavailable
for several years, documenting the short but influential life of
Black Mountain College. Although it lasted only twenty-three years
(1933-1956) and enrolled fewer than 1,200 students, Black Mountain
College was one of the most fabled experimental institutions in art
education and practice. Faculty members included Anni Albers, Josef
Albers, Ilya Bolotowsky, John Cage, Harry Callahan, Merce
Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Walter Gropius, Clement Greenberg,
Lou Harrison, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence,
Robert Motherwell, Roger Sessions, Ben Shahn, Aaron Siskind,
Esteban Vicente, and Stefan Wolpe. Among their students were Ruth
Asawa, John Chamberlain, Ray Johnson, Kenneth Noland, Robert
Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, Cy Twombly, and Susan Weil.
Literature teachers included Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Charles
Olson, and M.C. Richards, with students Fielding Dawson, Ed Dorn,
Francine du Plessix Gray, Joel Oppenheimer, Arthur Penn, John
Wieners, and Jonathan Williams. This book-the paperback edition of
a milestone work that has been unavailable for several
years-documents the short but influential life of Black Mountain
College. Nearly 500 images, many in color and published for the
first time in this book, show important works of art created by
Black Mountain College faculty and students as well as snapshots of
campus life. Four essays, all commissioned for the book, offer
closer looks at the world of Black Mountain. Poet Robert Creeley
recounts his first meeting with his mentor and friend Charles
Olson. Composer Martin Brody offers a history of the musical world
of the 1930s to 1950s, in which Black Mountain played a significant
role. Critic Kevin Power looks at the experimental literary journal
The Black Mountain Review, which was instrumental in launching the
Black Mountain school of poetry. The book's editor, Vincent Katz,
discusses the philosophy of the college's founders, the Bauhaus
principles followed by art instructor Josef Albers, and the many
interactions among the arts in the college's later years.
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