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  - Nuria - Goodreads

It was nice how he showed a passionate feel to tango. It is well understood Read full review

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User Review  - Ellis Amdur - Goodreads

Thompson writes of the unacknowledged African roots in Tango, tracing things back to the Kongo, a culture for whom movement and dance were the living language of worship.The best and most luscious ... 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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