2014 Leger

Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2014 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award Winner


Using Fernand Léger’s 1919 painting The City as an impetus, Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis Vallye examines the swelling of artistic experimentation in the 1920’s and contextualizes the reformulation of approaches to painting as a response to the evolution of urban life. Essays by Christian Derouet, Maria Gough, Spyros Papapetros, Anna Vallye, and Jennifer Wild explore Leger’s wide range of influences including architecture, cinema, theatre, and print media and places his work in conversation with other leading international avant-garde artists of the time – including Blaise Cendrars, Le Corbusier, Jean Epstein, Piet Mondrian, Amedee Ozenfants, Francis Picabia, and Theo van Doesburg. The catalogue includes an anthology of relevant historical texts not previously published in English, as well as over 200 images illustrating the multi-media nature of that decade.


The members of the Dedalus Foundation Jury were Carol Armstrong (Yale University), James Leggio (Brooklyn Museum of Art), and Rebecca Rabinow (Metropolitan Museum of Art).


The jury also awarded an Honorable Mention to Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press. Ink Art presents a history of the use of Chinese ink painting in contemporary art and how it is interpreted by the West. Essays by Maxwell K. Hearn and Wu Hung portray the way a traditional medium can express modern ideas both in China and internationally.