Art (and) Criticism: Hart Crane and David Siqueiros

Authors

  • Alicja Piechucka University of Łódź

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1515/texmat-2018-0014

Keywords:

Hart Crane, David Siqueiros, painting, art criticism, poetry

Abstract

The article focuses on an analysis of Hart Crane’s essay “Note on the Paintings of David Siqueiros.” One of Crane’s few art-historical texts, the critical piece in question is first of all a tribute to the American poet’s friend, the Mexican painter David Siqueiros. The author of a portrait of Crane, Siqueiros is a major artist, one of the leading figures that marked the history of Mexican painting in the first half of the twentieth century. While it is interesting to delve into the way Crane approaches painting in general and Siqueiros’ oeuvre in particular, an analysis of the essay with which the present article is concerned is also worthwhile for another reason. Like many examples of art criticism—and literary criticism, for that matter—“Note on the Paintings of David Siqueiros” reveals a lot not only about the artist it revolves around, but also about its author, an artist in his own right. In a text written in the last year of his life, Hart Crane therefore voices concerns which have preoccupied him as a poet and which, more importantly, are central to modernist art and literature.

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Author Biography

Alicja Piechucka, University of Łódź

Alicja Piechucka is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Literature at the University of Łódź. She received her PhD in American literature from the University of Łódź. Her doctoral thesis was on T. S. Eliot’s poetry. Her academic interests include American modernist poetry and contemporary American prose. Much of her research focuses on comparative studies of American and French literature. She is also interested in the visual arts and American visual culture. A literary critic, she has been a regular contributor to Nowe Książki and Tygiel Kultury. Her publications include a monograph, Teksty transatlantyckie. Eseje o literaturze amerykańskiej i francuskiej, as well as over 100 book chapters, articles and reviews.

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Published

2018-10-24

How to Cite

Piechucka, A. (2018). Art (and) Criticism: Hart Crane and David Siqueiros. Text Matters, (8), 229-243. https://doi.org/10.1515/texmat-2018-0014