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The culture of spontaneity : improvisation and the arts in postwar America, Daniel Belgrad

Label
The culture of spontaneity : improvisation and the arts in postwar America
Title
The culture of spontaneity
Title remainder
improvisation and the arts in postwar America
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Belgrad
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Culture of Spontaneity is the first comprehensive history of the postwar avant-garde. Daniel Belgrad integrates such diverse moments in American culture as abstract expressionism, bebop jazz, gestalt therapy, Black Mountain College, Jungian psychology, beat poetry, experimental dance, Zen Buddhism, Alfred North Whitehead's cosmology, and the anti-nuclear movement. Belgrad shows how a startling variety of artistic movements actually had one unifying theme: spontaneous improvisation. Through sensitive and skillful readings of the artistic works as well as deft explications of their social, political, and intellectual contexts, Belgrad reconstructs the mentality of this counterculture, recovers its particular vocabulary, and describes how the aesthetic of spontaneity contradicted the dominant consumer society of the 1950s. Focusing on the works of many key cultural figures such as Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Peter Voulkos, Merce Cunningham, Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and LeRoi Jones, Belgrad substantially revises our understanding of the most significant voices of the period and convincingly argues that the art of spontaneity constituted the cutting edge of postwar American thought
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Belgrad, Daniel
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
NX165
LC item number
.B35 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Improvisation in art
  • Arts, American
  • Arts, Modern
  • Arts, American
  • Improvisation in art
  • Spontaniteit
  • Avant-garde
  • Kunst
  • Art moderne
Label
The culture of spontaneity : improvisation and the arts in postwar America, Daniel Belgrad
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-329) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The beats
  • Battling the social neurosis
  • Conclusion : into the sixties
  • The emergence of an avant-garde
  • The avant-garde and the American Indian
  • Ideogram
  • Subjectivity, existentialism, and plastic dialogue
  • Subjectivity in the energy field : the influence of Alfred North Whitehead
  • Gestalt
  • The body in plastic dialogue : dance and ceramics
  • Bebop
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 343 p., 8 p. of plates
Isbn
9780226041889
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97029793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)37373665
  • (OCoLC)ocm37373665
Label
The culture of spontaneity : improvisation and the arts in postwar America, Daniel Belgrad
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-329) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The beats
  • Battling the social neurosis
  • Conclusion : into the sixties
  • The emergence of an avant-garde
  • The avant-garde and the American Indian
  • Ideogram
  • Subjectivity, existentialism, and plastic dialogue
  • Subjectivity in the energy field : the influence of Alfred North Whitehead
  • Gestalt
  • The body in plastic dialogue : dance and ceramics
  • Bebop
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 343 p., 8 p. of plates
Isbn
9780226041889
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97029793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)37373665
  • (OCoLC)ocm37373665

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