In Visible Touch
Modernism and Masculinity
Examining such major European modernists as Cézanne, Caillebotte, Matisse, Wyndham Lewis, and Boccioni, these writings offer a history of how artists sought to shape their sexuality in their work. In turn, the essays also show how the artists were shaped by the historical shifts in the gender order and by the exchanges between sexualities occurring in their social worlds. For example, the piece on Wyndham Lewis shows how he subscribed to an exaggerated masculinism, while the essays on Boccioni and Matisse bring out the efforts by these men to understand feminine sexuality.
In the theoretical essays, Bernard Smith questions modernism itself as a style category. And Richard Shiff and W.J.T. Mitchell trace the consequences for art theory of recognizing the physical presence of modernist artworks and the agency of imagery in our encounter with contemporary art.
Introduction: Intensity: Modernism's Phallic Aesthetics by Terry Smith
Ch. 1: Freud's Cezanne
T. J. Clark
Ch. 2: Masculinity, Muscularity and Modernity in Caillebotte's Male Figures
Ch. 3: Expression, Disfiguration: Matisse, the Female Nude and the Academic Eye
Ch. 4: Mother and Son: Boccioni's Paintings and Sculpture 1906-1915
Ch. 5: The Popular Culture of Kermesse: Lewis, Painting and Performance 1912-13
Ch. 6: Modernity and the Formalesque
Ch. 7: Breath of Modernism (Metonymic Drift)
Ch. 8: What do Pictures Want? An Idea of Visual Culture
W. J. T. Mitchell
Ch. 9: Gloria Patri: A Conversation about Power, Sexuality and War
Mary Kelly, Terry Smith.
List of Images
Notes on Contributors