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Boccioni's Materia: A Futurist Masterpiece and the European Avant-Garde
Umberto Boccioni
February 2004
Book Description
They call the Futurists madmen, charlatans, clowns, rascals, bluffers, obfuscators, and even worse… --Giovanni Papini, 1913 Umberto Boccioni was perhaps the most versatile and impassioned of the Futurists--the literary, political, and artistic movement that flourished in Italy during the first half of the 20th century, proclaiming a revolutionary, spectacular style of life. His masterwork, Materia, a huge canvas painted during July and August of 1912, depicts the artist's mother seated on the balcony of her apartment at Via Adige, 23, in Milan. Her monumental, sculpted hands sit at the center of the painting, and behind and above her are the rooftops and factory buildings of the Piazza Trento and beyond. The Cubist energy of the composition is enhanced by an open window that reflects rays of light over her,...

Blasting the Future: Vorticism in Britain 1910-20
Jonathan Black (Editor)
August 2004
Book Description
A timely and fascinating look at the impact of Futurism on the British avant-garde.

The works illustrated are from a range of prominent public and private collections, and many of them have rarely been exhibited.

The time is ripe for a fundamental reassessment of the impact that Futurism had on British culture and of Vorticism, the specifically British avant-garde movement inspired by the founder of the Italian Futurist movement, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

This book, which accompanied an exhibition at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, combines new material and recent research to provide an illuminating and coherent overview of Vorticism before, during and immediately after the First World War.

The exhibition is the first major showing of the movement since 1974 and the...

Futurism (World of Art Series)
Caroline Tisdale
February 1985

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