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The Popular Culture of Modern Art: Picasso, Duchamp, and Avant-Gardism

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This is a fascinating exploration of the deeply ambiguous relationship between modern art and popular culture, focusing on the work of Picasso and Duchamp in France in the first two decades of this century. Analyzing art, criticism, and popular culture of the period, Jeffrey Weiss shows that the elements of parody and irony that occurred throughout the avant-garde movement greatly influenced public perception - and miscomprehension - of new art. Linking Picasso's innovations in cubist collage to the puns and topical jokes ...

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