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Portrait of Murdock Pemberton

: $75.00
Publisher / Author: Sally Pemberton

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"Pemberton was a master of breeziness, and he wrote for the magazine's general - and generally affluent - readership with a good deal of drollery and cultivated ingeneuousness.  But somewhere along the line, Pemberton had caught the modern art bug. " 
"Presented with great visual panache...a great story."
                                                                                                 -The Boston Globe
"Murdock Pemberton, The New Yorker's first art critic, may be the most interesting person you have never heard of."
"...a beautifully designed publication, lavishly illustrated..."
                                                                                                 - The New Yorker

            In 1925, no one in New York City was more surprised than Murdock Pemberton—a newspaper reporter, Broadway publicist, playwright, and poet with no formal training in art or connoisseurship—when an upstart magazine, the New Yorker, named him its first art critic. But the keen eye, adventurous taste, crusading spirit, and irreverent wit expressed in his columns soon made Murdock a conquering hero of the avant-garde.  
             Modernists as diverse as Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, Isamu Noguchi, and Alexander Calder cherished Murdock’s friendship and support; so did cutting-edge art dealers and pioneers of industrial design. Kansas-born Murdock took aim at narrow-mindedness and bigotry in every part of the United States.  
            The blunt, scrupulously muckraking journalism that delighted admirers from Greenwich Village studios to the Algonquin Round Table drew hisses from America’s art establishment. Exposés of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, collector Andrew Mellon, and “plush-hung” commercial galleries—for the New Yorker and other national publications—thrust Murdock into the limelight as a David among the philistines, his favorite role.
            This lavishly illustrated “scrapbook” provides a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at modernism’s formative years.
            A rich 409 pages, with 400 reproductions of photos, art works, letters, magazine articles, and memorabilia.
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