Art is seen as a solitary, even a reclusive, endeavor But visual artists, writers, and musicians often find themselves energized by a collective environment Sharing ideas around a table has always provided a starting, and a continuing, place for fruitful exchanges between artists of all kinds In her wide ranging new book, Mary Ann Caws explores a rich variety of gathering places, past and present, which have been conducive to the release and sustenance of creative energies Creative Gatherings surveys meeting locations across Europe and the United States, from cityscapes to island hideouts, from private homes to public cafes and artists colonies Examples include Florence Griswold s house in Old Lyme, Connecticut, meeting place of the Old Lyme Art Colony Prague s Le Louvre caf , haunt of Kafka and Einstein Picasso s modernist hangout in Barcelona, Els Quatre Gats Charleston, gathering place of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa and Duncan Bell and the caf s of Saint Germain des Pr s and Montparnasse the hangouts of Apollinaire, Sartre, and Patti Smith Interweaving two hundred examples of collaborative artworks throughout the text, with than one hundred in color, Creative Gatherings is a beautiful, erudite commingling as inspiring as the gathering places Caws depicts. Download Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism – heartforum.co.uk
Mary Ann Caws born 1933 is an American author, art historian and literary criticShe is currently a Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York She is an expert on Surrealism and modern English and French literature, having written biographies of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James She works on the interrelations of visual art and literary texts, has written biographies of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dal , edited the diaries, letters, and source material of Joseph Cornell She has also written on Andr Breton, Robert Desnos, Ren Char, Yves Bonnefoy, Robert Motherwell, and Edmond Jab s She served as the senior editor for the HarperCollins World Reader, and edited anthologies on Manifestos Isms, Surrealism, Twentieth Century French Literature Among others, she has translated St phane Mallarm , Tristan Tzara, Pierre Reverdy, Andr Breton, Paul luard, Robert Desnos, and Ren Char.Among the positions she has held are President, Association for Study of Dada and Surrealism, 1971 75 and President, Modern Language Association of America, 1983, Academy of Literary Studies, 1984 5, and the American Comparative Literature Association, 1989 91.In October 2004, she published her autobiography, To the Boathouse a Memoir University Alabama Press , and in November 2008, a cookbook memoir Provencal Cooking Savoring the Simple Life in France Pegasus Books.She was married to Peter Caws and is the mother of Hilary Caws Elwitt and of Matthew Caws, lead singer of the band Nada Surf She is married to Dr Boyce Bennett they live in New York City.
- 288 pages
- Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism
- Mary Ann Caws
- 06 August 2019 Mary Ann Caws