Cult of the Machine Pictorial

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FAMSF Publications

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco presents the Pictorials series. Each book features the themes and highlights of our exhibitions and collections in a compact, portable format, making these editions ideal for travelers. Packed within each book's 40 pages are more than 30 full-color images and texts that provide intriguing information on the art, artists, and historical backgrounds. The Pictorials are the perfect keepsakes to commemorate your experience or to read in advance of your visit.

Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions and lucid forms, Precisionism—a style that emerged in America in the teens and flourished during the 1920s and 1930s—reconciled realism with abstraction and wed European art movements to American subject matter to create a streamlined, “machined” aesthetic with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral. The tensions and ambivalences about industrialization expressed in works by the Precisionists are particularly fascinating and relevant to a contemporary audience in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which robots are replacing human labor for various functions, underscoring many of the same excitements and anxieties about modernization that existed nearly a century ago.

Softcover, 40 pages.

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  • Item # 978-0884011545