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Title Visual music : synaesthesia in art and music since 1900 / organized by Kerry Brougher ... [et al.] ; essay by Olivia Mattis.
Published [London] : Thames & Hudson ; Washington, D.C. : Hirshhorn Museum ; Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art, c2005.
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 Music & Media - Stacks Oversize  ML3849 .V55 2005    IN LIBRARY
Description 271 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Note Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Feb. 13-May 22, 2005 and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 23-Sept. 11, 2005.
Published simultaneously in New York.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-269).
Contents Visual music / Jeremy Strick -- Music for the eyes : abstract painting and light art / Judith Zilczer -- Visual-music culture / Kerry Brougher -- Expanding the synaesthetic paradigm / Ari Wiseman -- Scriabin to Gershwin : color music from a musical perspective / Oilvia Mattis.
Summary "This new book and the exhibition it accompanies trace the history of a revolutionary idea: that fine art should attain the abstract purity of music. Over the past one hundred years adventurous modern and contemporary artists have explored unorthodox means to invent a kinetic, nonrepresentational art modeled upon pure instrumental music." "Music has inspired some of the most progressive art of our time - from the abstract painting of Wassily Kandinsky and Frantisek Kupka to the mid-century experimental films of Oskar Fischinger and Harry Smith to the contemporary installations of Jennifer Steinkamp and Jim Hodges. While early abstract paintings tended to approach music metonymically, the color organs, films, light shows, and installations from the mid-twentieth century to the present day engage a range of perceptual faculties simultaneously to create a plethora of sensations in the viewer." "The most complete examination of this phenomenon to date, Visual Music features ninety major works of art plus related documentation, focusing on abstract and mixed-media art forms and their connections to musical forms as varied as classical, jazz, and electronica. The book includes an introduction by Jeremy Strick; three scholarly essays, each discussing a distinct art-historical period in depth; and an additional essay by Olivia Mattis that approaches the subject from a musicologist's perspective, as well as a chronology, artist biographies, and a selected bibliography."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Art and music -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Music in art -- Exhibitions.
Synesthesia in art -- Exhibitions.
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Arts, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Related Names Brougher, Kerry.
Mattis, Olivia.
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Alternate Title Synaesthesia in art and music since 1900
ISBN 0500512175
OCLC number 60839237