An examination of Barnett Newman and Isamu Noguchi's artistic works in relation to World War II photojournalism in the New York Times, Life, and Time

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dc.contributor Stephens, Rachel
dc.contributor.advisor Bragg, Dianne M.
dc.contributor.advisor Bunker, Matthew D.
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Rebecca Danielle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:23:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:23:48Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001923
dc.identifier.other Robinson_alatus_0004M_12268
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2346
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The events of World War II fundamentally changed Barnett Newman and Isamu Noguchi, both Abstract Expressionist artists. Although neither artist served in the military, their distinctive heritages influenced how they reacted to three major occurrences during the War: the Holocaust, the Japanese internment, and the detonation of the atomic bombs. Upon seeing the images of liberated concentration camps publicized in popular media, Newman, a Polish-Jew, actually destroyed most of his pre-War art, arguing that after such violations of human rights, what subject was worthy of painting? Noguchi, a Japanese-American, spent much of his childhood on the West Coast, and was interred in a Japanese camp following Pearl Harbor, an experience that forever altered the rationale behind his sculpture. Lastly, the image of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima and Nagasaki transformed the entire post-War generation, not just Newman and Noguchi. Using the images promulgated in three popular publications--the New York Times, Life magazine, and Time magazine--this study seeks to examine the stories and the photojournalism that had a direct influence on the two artists' War and post-War works. Additionally, artist statements accompanying the selected pieces will further illustrate just how influential these popular media outlets were to their subsequent creations throughout the next decades.
dc.format.extent 122 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.subject.other Art history
dc.title An examination of Barnett Newman and Isamu Noguchi's artistic works in relation to World War II photojournalism in the New York Times, Life, and Time
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Journalism
etdms.degree.discipline Journalism
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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