Tango: The Art History of Love

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 23, 2010 - 384 pages
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In this generously illustrated book, world-renowned Yale art historian Robert Farris Thompson gives us the definitive account of tango, "the fabulous dance of the past hundred years–and the most beautiful, in the opinion of Martha Graham.”

Thompson traces tango’s evolution in the nineteenth century under European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and African influences through its representations by Hollywood and dramatizations in dance halls throughout the world. He shows us tango not only as brilliant choreography but also as text, music, art, and philosophy of life. Passionately argued and unparalleled in its research, its synthesis, and its depth of understanding, Tango: The Art History of Love is a monumental achievement.

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User Review  - Amber - Goodreads

How am I reading a book that is doing such a thorough job tracking the roots of dance in South America through nuance and meaning to Africa and Europe BUT iS YET TO LOOK AT THE LOCAL INDIGENOUS ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kameel Nasr - Goodreads

Robert Farris Thompson presents a detailed history of the Tango. It may be too detailed for Tango dancers since in delves into that history like no other account. All the threads of this rich history are detailed, including names and places, lyrics and philosophy. Read full review


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Robert Farris Thompson is the author of, among other works, Black Gods and Kings, African Art in Motion, and Flash of the Spirit. He has been a Ford Foundation Fellow and has mounted major exhibitions of African art at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is Col. John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, where he is also Master of Timothy Dwight College. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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