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  • Book: Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White
  • Location: New York City (NYC)
  • Author: Emily Bernard



“He went to Chicago for the art.” Once there, he set himself on the road to become a journalist – a critic, first with the Chicago American and later the Chicago Tribune. It would be his launching pad into the world of arts criticism and finally into a post writing about opera and ballet – in New York City – focusing on artists who were pushing boundaries. He was, Bernard writes, “the first serious American ballet critic” and the first to seriously appreciate the work of writer Gertrude Stein. L A Times

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