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Zen in the Fifties

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Zen in the Fifties

Interaction in Art Between East and West

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Zen in the Fifties by Helen Westgeest
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Throughout Western history, interest in the Far East has moved in waves, in ever-changing patterns. Zen in the Fifties looks at the influence of the East, and of Zen Buddhism in particular, on a number of recent Western artists. Interest in Zen grew in the 1950s as new artistic, philosophical and psychological theories opened up the way for Western artists to explore both interior and exterior landscapes. Helen Westgeest brings into her analysis the work of John Cage, Ad Reinhardt and Mark Tobey in America, and Yves Klein and Pierre Alechinsky in France, and shows how the ideas, methods and works of these and certain other artists display affinities with those of the Zen masters. The influence of modern Western art on Japanese artists is also discussed, providing a little noticed perspective on the West. Zen in the Fifties looks at some of the most important centers of modern art in France, Germany, the United States and Japan and offers a fascinating insight into Zen, and the characteristics of Zen art."

Author Biography

Helen Weestgeest lectures in the Department of Art History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
Release date NZ
March 10th, 1997
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Illustrations
illustrations
Imprint
Waanders BV, Uitgeverij
Pages
262
Dimensions
178x241x22
ISBN-13
9789040098925
Product ID
2075354

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