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Title: Definite Means: Arp's Cut-Outs, 1911-1930
Authors: Paneth-Pollak, Tessa
Advisors: Foster, Hal
Contributors: Art and Archaeology Department
Keywords: avant-garde
collage
Cubism
cut-out
modernism
sculpture
Subjects: Art history
Art criticism
Aesthetics
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Through an examination of the Franco-German sculptor Hans (Jean) Arp's (1886-1966) commitment to the procedure of cutting out (découpage), this dissertation theorizes the cut-out as a “means” of artmaking and knowing obscured by dominant narratives about collage and the historical avant-garde. The project treats Arp’s work in paper, wood, print, and cardboard as facets of a single and prolonged cut-out practice, arguing that the cut-out provided him with a “definite means” (Arp’s words) to engage with and respond to four media central to avant-garde practice of the 1910s and 1920s—collage, painterly abstraction, typography, and photomontage. In doing so, it establishes découpage as an as yet under-examined deployment of cutting within modernism, where collage and montage have served as the dominant paradigms.
URI: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01c821gn171
Alternate format: The Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the library's main catalog: http://catalog.princeton.edu/
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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