Perspectives USA 1-12
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Brooklyn. Intercultural Publications Inc. Quarterly Publication, Vols. 1-12. Fall 1952-Summer 1955. Softcover books with illustrated covers. Set Condition: Fine, some shelf wear, clean, tight text pages.
Perspectives USA was a quarterly magazine of art and culture with a rather particular, somewhat ironic tone during the height of the 'Cultural Cold War' with the Soviets. Disbanded a few years after its noted lack of “effect” in Europe, the publication assembled a collective identity from the kind of cultural consciousness coming out of artists and writers working in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis and Soviet leader Stalin’s death. A colour catalogue insert of Jacques Villon paintings, focus pieces on figures from Stravinsky to topics like American intellectualism, and original poetry, art criticism, book reviews and other pieces from the likes of W.H. Auden, Wallace Stevens, Lionel Trilling, and more come together to compose a truly unrepeatable collection of work––captured at a crucial historical moment, printed in and distributed to an international audience, and for a deeply curious purpose.
Cover designs by Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Bayer, Mirmont, among others.