Questions the view of American photographer and painter Sheeler (1886-1965) as a champion of the Machine Age, accepted by his contemporaries and by subsequent critics. Lucic (art, Vassar College) investigates his life, work, and values, and argues that he was ambivalent about machines. Includes nearly 70 good reproductions, some in color. No index. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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Karen Lucic argues that Sheeler's images do not celebrate the machine, but question its predominance during his time. They provoke us to confront the social consequences of modern technology. Sheeler appears in this book as neither believer nor heretic in the cult of the machine.About the Author:
Karen Lucic is Professor of Art and Program in American Culture, Vassar College. She is the author of At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression.
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