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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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Europe in America

Europe in America

Remapping Broken Cultural Lines:View (1940–7) and VVV (1942–4)

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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Stamatina Dimakopoulou

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the histories of the View and VVV. Charles Henri Ford's View appeared alongside the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in New York City, and found its place in the history of the American ‘little magazine’, along with André Breton's VVV, as the main forum for the exiled Surrealists during the dark years of the Second World War. Surrealism in View encouraged an opening out to mainstream and popular cultures that were elided from the early experiments of the Abstract Expressionists. It is in comparison with View's eclectic ‘favouritism’ that the chapter considers VVV's attempt to relate Surrealism to American concerns.

Keywords:   American magazine, avant-garde, periodical, Charles Henri Ford, Abstract Expressionism, little magazine, André Breton, Surrealism

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