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Description: Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
I begin again with an old photograph (fig. 134), which I invite the reader first of all to compare with that taken at Sorgues. The two photographs sum up modernism for me. This book’s argument turns on the contrast between them, and also their deep interconnectedness. These are the opposite moments of modernism as I understand it. Sorgues stands for modernism’s privacy, obscurity, and autonomy, and the dream of history inhabiting that condition. The other photograph is the dream made real. …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.225-297

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