Patron Saints by Nicholas Fox Weber
Five Rebels Who Opened America to a New Art 1928-1943

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This work of cultural history tells the stories of five young art patrons - Lincoln Kirstein, Edward M.M. Warburg, Agnes Mongan, James Thrall Soby and A. Everett (Chick) Austin, Jr - who, in the late 1920s and 1930s, were instrumental in bringing modern painting, sculpture and dance to America.
 

About Nicholas Fox Weber

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Nicholas Fox Weber was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Columbia College and Yale University. For the past thirty years, he has been a director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He is the author of thirteen books, among them "The Clarks of Cooperstown," "Balthus," "Patron Saints," "Leland Bell," and "The Art of Babar," He and his wife live in Bethany, Connecticut, and Paris.
 
Published May 12, 1992 by Knopf. 398 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Certainly Weber achieves his stated purpose of conveying ``something of the spirit'' of these privileged and complicated five, but it's hard not to want even more on Kirstein and Warburg--who both became disillusioned with the art world--and, above all, on Mongan, not a modernist yet in some ways...

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A look at five wealthy and influential young art patrons who helped introduce avant-garde painting, sculpture and dance to America.

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In an arresting, gossipy, lavishly illustrated group portrait of visionaries who changed the cultural landscape of America, Weber depicts re-creates in previous review the interwoven activities of five arts patrons blessed with connections, money and a driving passion for the modern.

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