Art Commentary for the Middlebrow: Promoting Modernism & Modern Art through Popular Culture—How Life Magazine Brought “The New” into Middle-Class Homes

  title={Art Commentary for the Middlebrow: Promoting Modernism \& Modern Art through Popular Culture—How Life Magazine Brought “The New” into Middle-Class Homes},
  author={Sheila M. Webb},
  journal={American Journalism},
  pages={115 - 150}
Abstract This study examines the role of Life in defining a new lifestyle based on modernism in the interwar period. With its first issue in 1936, Life embodied modernity as it pioneered a way of reaching an audience through the photo-essay. Life's presentation of art and modernity, one thread in training its readers how to be middle class, is placed within the artistic and cultural environment of the time. This paper argues that the editors of Life “domesticated” modern art through a series of… 
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