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At the Grey Art Gallery

J. Hoberman: Inventing Downtown

29 March 2017
... Should​ the street be considered one of the fine arts?’ FernandLéger asked in 1928. He was thinking of the objects displayed in Parisian shop windows. Others have been more impressed by junk, debris and things abandoned. The street as both source and inspiration is ...

At MoMA

Hal Foster: ‘Inventing Abstraction’

7 February 2013
... one would like to hear more on this score. The exhibition offers a strong sense of the ambiguous attractions of the abstract world of the industrial machine, as differently evoked by the Futurists, FernandLéger and Marcel Duchamp, but little sense of the abstractive force of the mass-produced commodity, the becoming-abstract of capitalist life, as variously explored by Georg Simmel, György Lukács ...

Bardic

Richard Wollheim

22 June 1995
Theory and Philosophy of Art: Style, Artist and Society 
by Meyer Schapiro.
Braziller, 253 pp., £19.95, October 1994, 0 8076 1356 8
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... In the autumn of 1959, Schapiro told me a story, which – I read the other day – has passed into history. One day in 1935 he went to the Museum of Modern Art to see the large retrospective of FernandLéger. In one of the galleries he noticed another man, looking typically French, who examined the paintings with sufficient attentiveness for Schapiro to go up and offer him some of his own ...
19 September 1985
Pound’s Artists: Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts in London, Paris and Italy 
by Richard Humphreys.
Tate Gallery, 176 pp., £12.95, June 1985, 0 946590 28 1
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Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters 1909-1914 
edited by Omar Pound and A. Walton Litz.
Faber, 399 pp., £25, January 1985, 0 571 13480 7
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... and of how that fits or does not fit with his other proclivities and principles, cannot for much longer be left where Alexander leaves it. On the other hand, his account of Pound’s attitude to FernandLéger is new to me, and fascinating. Peter Robinson’s essay on Pound and Italian art is quite another matter: altogether more ambitious and probing. Out of D.S. Chambers and Michael Baxandall and ...

Man on a Bicycle

Gillian Darley: Le Corbusier

9 April 2009
Le Corbusier: A Life 
by Nicholas Fox Weber.
Knopf, 823 pp., $45, November 2008, 978 0 375 41043 7
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... aiming, as Sant’Elia wrote, to ‘raise the level of the city’. After Sant’Elia was killed in 1917, Le Corbusier took on his mantle of radical architectural polemicist. Some four years later, FernandLéger was reminded of an English vicar when he first saw Le Corbusier, an upright, hatted figure pedalling past a Montparnasse café. Léger became a (rare) lifelong friend of both Le Corbusier and ...

Beyond Zero

Peter Wollen: Kazimir Malevich

1 April 2004
Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism 
edited by Matthew Drutt.
Guggenheim, 296 pp., $65, June 2003, 0 89207 265 2
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... by Cézanne, while Larionov and Goncharova were already putting Parisian Cubism behind them and looking to the Italian Futurists for inspiration. Malevich was more interested in the work of FernandLéger, whose latest paintings combined Cubism and Futurism: John Golding has construed Malevich’s 1912 painting The Knife Grinder: Principle of Flickering as ‘a marriage between Léger’s Woman in ...
7 November 2019
... of the great modernists in the MoMA collection, brought back from the dead, would leave the museum in protest. Not many, I imagine, but some. Most of the Russians, many Dadaists, maybe Diego Rivera, FernandLéger, and even Picasso (at least for the gesture), some Latin Americans, a few others.MoMA deserves kudos for internationalising its modernist collection and globalising its contemporary ...

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