CUNNINGHAM, Merce (1919 – 2009)
Book: Fifty Years – Aperture, New York, 1977. As new, 320 pgs., a photographic tribute to this great choreographer. Profusely illustrated. Oversized. Protected by mylar wrapper. This would make a lovely gift for a dancer or instructor of dance.
Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer at the forefront of the American modern dance for more than 50 years. He is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including musicians John Cage and David Tudor, artists Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman. Works that he produced with these artists had a profound impact on avant-garde art beyond the world of dance.
Year-by-year account of the life and work of legendary American dancer and choreographer Cunningham, ranging from his early years in Seattle and New York to his time as soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company; his earliest collaborations with composer (and life-partner) John Cage; his years teaching at Black Mountain College and the formation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; and his hundreds of dances, site-specific “events,” I Ching-inspired “chance operations,” and countless collaborations with artists and designers such as Jasper Johns, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and others. Compiled by dance historian and Cunningham Dance Foundation archivist Vaughan, and liberally interspersed with excerpts from Cunningham’s own writings and choreography notes. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of color and black-and-white performance, rehearsal, and candid photos by Imogen Cunningham, Peter Hujar, Annie Leibovitz, Barbara Morgan, and others; and with notes, a chronology, bibliography, list of dancers, and a detailed index. Upper corners banged; unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear and small closed tear near spine-head. Near fine
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