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Pre-Order: Cult of the Machine—A Pictorial

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Pre-Order: Ships in March 2018.

Precisionism emerged in the teens and flourished in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, combining American subjects with European modernist styles to create a streamlined art rooted in the tensions of the machine age. Characterized by highly structured, geometric compositions with smooth surfaces, linear qualities, and lucid forms, Precisionism reconciled realism with abstraction, and wed European art movements, such as Purism, Cubism, and Futurism, to American subject matter with themes ranging from the urban and industrial to the pastoral.

More than 100 masterworks by Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, and others will shed light on the aesthetic and intellectual concerns undergirding this important strand of early American modernism to explore the origins of the style, its relationship to photography, and its aesthetic and conceptual reflection of the economic and social changes wrought by industrialization and technology.

The Precisionists’ reflection of and responses to industrialization are particularly fascinating and relevant to a contemporary audience on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution. The impact of technological change is felt not only in exciting, life-enhancing inventions but, as in San Francisco, in societal shifts such as gentrification, job displacement, and economic inequality that fuel tensions and discontentment today just as they did a century ago.

Softcover, 40 pages.