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Making It New

The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy

Deborah Rothschild (Editor), Calvin Tomkins (Introduction)


Paperback, 244 pages
ISBN: 9780520252400
August 2007
$38.95, £26.95
Paris in the 1920s—art, literature, the Lost Generation. The glitterati who inhabited this legendary world—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, Man Ray, Dorothy Parker, and a host of others—were members of an intimate circle centered around Sara and Gerald Murphy. Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy is a captivating and absorbing collection of essays examining through images and text the Murphys' influence on a remarkable constellation of artists. The book also explores Gerald Murphy's abbreviated career as a painter, his artistic legacy, and the complex nature of his motivation and vision. This beautifully illustrated volume features essays by art historian Deborah Rothschild and such Murphy scholars as Calvin Tomkins, Amanda Vaill, Linda Patterson Miller, Kenneth Silver; curators Dorothy Kosinski and Kenneth Wayne; artist/writer Trevor Winkfield; musicologist Olivia Mattis; and poet and author William Jay Smith.
Director’s Foreword—Lisa G. Corrin

Introduction—Deborah Rothschild
Remembering Gerald and Sara—Calvin Tomkins
Masters of the Art of Living—Deborah Rothschild
Gallery of Works by Gerald Murphy
The Murphy Closet and the Murphy Bed—Kenneth E. Silver
Concealment of the Realities: Gerald Murphy in the Theater—Amanda Vaill
The Notebook as Sketchbook—Trevor Winkfield
Gerald Murphy in Letters, Literature, and Life—Linda Patterson Miller
Les Enfants du Jazz: The Murphys and Music—Olivia Mattis
Gerald Murphy: Cubist Painter, Concrete Poet—William Jay Smith
Villa America in Context—Kenneth Wayne
American Genius—Dorothy Kosinski

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Deborah Rothschild is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Williams College Museum of Art. Her publications include Picasso's "Parade": from Street to Stage; Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age: Selections from the
Merrill C. Berman Collection
; and Tony Ourlser: Introjection. Dr. Rothschild organized the award-winning 2002 exhibition "Prelude to a Nightmare: Art, Politics, and Hitler's Early Years in Vienna 1906-1913."
“This illustrated tribute evokes the lost fizz of the 1920s.”—Metro Newspapers
“Captivating and utterly absorbing collection of essays. . . . A book rich in both anecdotal and scholarly gems of knowledge.”—R.L. The Magazine
“A captivating and absorbing collection of essays.”—Antiques And The Arts Weekly
“[A] captivating and utterly absorbing collection of essays. . . . A book rich in both anecdotal and scholarly gems of knowledge.”—The Magazine
“A fascinating catalogue. . . . Rothschild’s lengthy preface dazzles, as do the other refreshingly readable essays.”—John Richardson Vanity Fair
"Gerald and Sara Murphy took Paris by storm in the 1920s, inserting themselves into the avant-garde circles of dance, music, and art. Lively and engaging, Making It New sheds new light on the European fascination with the Murphys and provides key insights into their life and art."—Cécile Whiting, author of Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s

"By telling and retelling the story of the Murphys from various viewpoints, Making It New aims to be the first comprehensive study of their contribution to Modern Art. This book should be of wide interest to both scholars and general readers."—Elizabeth Hutton Turner, author of Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder

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