Anne Dangar and the Art Colony at Moly-Sabata
In part a gripping biography of this Australian expatriate, Rustic Cubism chronicles Dangar's personal battles and the tumult of the World War II era during her tempestuous tenure at Moly-Sabata. Dangar dedicated herself to the colony's aims by working in the region's village potteries, combining their vernacular elements with Gleizes' design methods to arrive at a type of rustic Cubism. Her work there would ultimately be rewarded; her pieces can today be found in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and many other museums.
Rustic Cubism places Dangar at the heart of Moly-Sabata's alternative art movement—one that, in its nostalgic present, attempted to construct a culture based on the distant past. Generously illustrated with photographs of the art and social milieu of the period, this captivating and original narrative makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of French modernism and early twentieth-century cultural politics as well as of the life of a most talented and intriguing female artist.
New South Wales Ministry for the Arts: New South Wales History Awards
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Introduction: The Potter's Story
Part One: Beginnings
1. Anne Dangar's Formative Years in Sydney and Paris
2. The Generative Influences upon Albert Gleizes' Plans for Moly-Sabata
3. The Foundation and Early Years of Moly-Sabata
Part Two: Growth
4. The Spiral & the Circle: Lessons on Spirituality, Form and Place
5. The Life of a Village Potter
6. Politics and Folklore in the 1930s
Part Three: Transformation
7. Morocco and the Outbreak of War
8. Conflict and Collaboration: The War Years at Moly-Sabata
Part Four: Renewal
9. Postwar Populism: Anne Dangar's "Return to France"
10. Cubism and Religion
11. Catholicism and Identity: Anne Dangar's Last Years