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The Resource Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay : reflections on art, family, and survival, Christopher Benfey

Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay : reflections on art, family, and survival, Christopher Benfey

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Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay : reflections on art, family, and survival
Title
Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay
Title remainder
reflections on art, family, and survival
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Benfey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • " An incandescent journey to unearth the beginnings of American art. An unforgettable voyage across the reaches of America and the depths of memory, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay tells the story of America's artistic birth. Following his family back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry- and an aesthetic-that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial craftsmen, such as the Quaker artist- explorer William Bartram. Benfey's father-along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers-escaped from Nazi Europe by fleeing to the American South. Struggling to find themselves in this new world, Benfey's family found strength and salvation in the rich craft tradition grounded in America's vast natural landscape. Bricks form the backbone of life in the rural Piedmont of North Carolina, where Benfey's mother was raised among centuries-old folk potteries, tobacco farms, and clay pits. Her father, like his father before him, believed in the deep honesty of brick, that men might build good lives with the bricks they laid. Nurtured in this red-clay world of ancient craft and Quaker radicalism, Benfey's mother was poised to set out from home when a tragic romance cracked her young life in two. Salvaging the broken shards of his mother's former life and exploring the revitalized folk arts resisting industrialization, Benfey discovers a world brimming with possibility and creativity. Benfey's father had no such foundation in his young life, nor did his aunt and uncle. Exiled artists from Berlin's Bauhaus school, Josef and Anni Albers were offered sanctuary not far from the red Piedmont at Black Mountain College. A radical experiment in unifying education and art, Black Mountain made a monumental impact on American culture under Josef's leadership, counting Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Buckminster Fuller among its influential students and teachers. Focusing on the natural world, innovative craftsmanship, and the physical reality of materials, Black Mountain became a home and symbol for an emerging vision of American art. Threading these stories together into a radiant and mesmerizing harmony, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay is an extraordinary quest to the heart of America and the origins of its art. "--
  • "An unforgettable voyage across the reaches and the depths of memory, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay tells the story of America's artistic birth. Following his family back through the generations, renowned critic Christopher Benfey unearths an ancestry--and an aesthetic--that is quintessentially American. His mother descends from colonial craftsmen, such as the Quaker artist-explorer William Bartram. Benfey's father--along with his aunt and uncle, the famed Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers--escaped from Nazi Europe by fleeing to the American South. Struggling to find themselves in this new world, Benfey's family found strength and salvation in the rich craft tradition grounded in America's vast natural landscape. Threading these stories together into a radiant and mesmerizing harmony, Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay is an extraordinary quest to the heart of America and the origins of its art"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
701/.03
Index
index present
LC call number
N72.S6
LC item number
B398 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay : reflections on art, family, and survival, Christopher Benfey
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ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/Booksellers
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1348252
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781594203268
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011040208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1348252
  • (Sirsi) 1348252
  • (OCoLC)733230662
Label
Red brick, Black Mountain, white clay : reflections on art, family, and survival, Christopher Benfey
Link
ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/Booksellers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1348252
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9781594203268
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011040208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1348252
  • (Sirsi) 1348252
  • (OCoLC)733230662

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