The patron saints--Lincoln Kirstein, Edward M.M. Warburg, Agnes Mongan, James Thrall Soby, and A. Everett Austin, Jr.--of Weber's brilliant new book were young, rich, and at the center of the American establishment. In Europe they saw a new art and dared to bring it home to America, introducing the work of Picasso, Modigliani, Seurat, Rodin, and ...Read MoreThe patron saints--Lincoln Kirstein, Edward M.M. Warburg, Agnes Mongan, James Thrall Soby, and A. Everett Austin, Jr.--of Weber's brilliant new book were young, rich, and at the center of the American establishment. In Europe they saw a new art and dared to bring it home to America, introducing the work of Picasso, Modigliani, Seurat, Rodin, and others.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-13 In an arresting, gossipy, lavishly illustrated group portrait of visionaries who changed the cultural landscape of America, Weber depicts re-creates in previous review the interwoven activities of five arts patrons blessed with connections, money and a driving passion for the modern. Lincoln Kirstein and Edward Warburg, while students at Harvard, gave the public its first look at Bauhaus design and Calder's Circus ; they later brought George Balanchine to America and gave key support to Igor Stravinsky and Philip Johnson. Harvard art historian Agnes Mongan, an associate of Bernard Berenson, championed fine drawing and extended women's influence in the male-dominated museum world. James Thrall Soby, a ``paradigmatic New England gentleman,'' enlarged the audience for Balthus and de Chirico as curator of New York's Museum of Modern Art. A. Everett ``Chick'' Austin Jr., director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., organized pioneering exhibitions of work by Picasso and the surrealists. Weber is director of the Josef Albers Foundation and author of books on Albers and Leland Bell. (June)
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