Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy, and the Avant-Garde

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Modern Couples presents an account of 20th century art in which it is no longer possible to see avant-garde developments as purely the result of 'solo genius'. It re calibrates modern art history around collaboration and the mutual influence that resulted from intimate relationships, and importantly gives due recognition to the women in artist duos who were unjustly marginalised.

This fascinating, interdisciplinary, and generously illustrated book presents creative pairings that defy the idea of the modern artist as a solitary genius. In the art world, pairs of individuals often inspire each other's works. These intimate relationships are explored in this book that illuminating the works of painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, poets, writers, musicians, dancers, and performers of the modern era. Each couple is profiled in brief chapters that feature candid portraiture, illustrations of the works that illuminate the impact each had on the other, and an introductory text that pinpoints the significance of the relationship. Reflecting a contemporary view of sexuality and relationships, this book also offers a counterpoint to the notion of the female as muse, highlighting instead female empowered relationships and emphasizing a new balance between male and female creative output. Featuring artists across a wide variety of disciplines, this volume also reveals how creative individuals came together to overcome the constraints of their time, reshape art, redefine gender stereotypes, and forge new ways of living.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Book measures approximately 9" x 11.5" x 1.25"