Futurist Manifestos

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Edited by Umbro Apollonio
With a new afterword by Richard Humphreys

On February 20, 1909, a belligerent manifesto announcing the birth of the Futurist movement appeared on the front page of the staid Paris newspaper Le Figaro and had immediate repercussions throughout Europe. The author, a young Italian poet named F. T. Marinetti, demanded that writers and artists reject the classic art of the past and celebrate the dynamic technology of modern city life. Joined by a group of like-minded iconoclasts, over the following years Marinetti pioneered an art that would represent motion, in a reaction against the stasis of the classics, and even of such contemporary manifestations as Cubism. Available in English for the first time in over 20 years, the Futurist Manifestos are fiery, explosive, and witty - and crucial to any full appreciation of modern art.

"Essential reading for anybody interested in early 20th-century art and in the man-made environment today." - The Nation

240 pages
5 3/4" x 8 1/4", softcover
56 pages of black-and-white illustrations