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Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World (Whitney Museum of American Art) Hardcover – June 30, 2011

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“Extensively researched catalog.” —Wall Street Journal
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Barbara Haskell is curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. John Carlin is an independent writer and curator, as well as the president and CEO of Funny Garbage. Bryan Gilliam is Frances Hill Fox Professor in Humanities at Duke University. Ulrich Luckhardt is curator at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. Sasha Nicholas is senior curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
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  • Series: Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; y First printing edition (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300168462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300168464
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on July 2, 2011
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A nicely done overview of the varied artistic career of Lyonel Feininger, who was born an American but lived most of his life in Germany. Barbara Haskell deserves praise for the straight-forward core biographical essay in this book, with interesting additional essays on the artist's early work as a cartoonist, his interactions with classical music, and his use of photography. Of these, I especially liked John Carlin's thoughts on Feininger's comic-strip career.

As with all books of this type, the selection and quality of reproductions of important works of art by the subject artist are central to the success of the effort; here, there is no disappointment.

Those interested in twentieth century German history will also benefit from reading this material, especially as related to Hitler's treatment of "degenerate art."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Trembles on July 31, 2011
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Cogent catalogue of the current Whitney retro. Long neglected here in the US, this book helps to lay Feininger out fully. Good bio, clarity on the artistic development and even a section on his pivotal work with the funny papers. Contrary to Roberta Smith's review in the NYTimes on Feininger's "Death by Cubism" the catalogue gives a balanced, BEAUTIFULLY illustrated report on a much underated, underseen artist.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on August 4, 2011
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This is a wonderful artbook, replete with high-quality illustrations and interesting essays on an artist whom some may consider as a lightweight when compared to giants such as Klee or Kandinsky, but who nevertheless deserved such a reappraisal.

In several enlightening essays, the authors consider Feininger's link to music (all the stronger as both his parents were professional musicians), his versatility (as well as a full-fledged painter, he was also an accomplished photographer and a professional illustrator) and the influence of his dual cultural background (born in the U.S., he lived for several decades in Germany).

Now, in spite of all those assets, this catalog for the current Whitney Museum exhibition does not completely succeed in hoisting Lyonel Feininger to the same level as his great contemporaries (Beckmann, Klee, Kandinsky, Grosz...) and one is left with the impression that he remained all throughout his career, more an illustrator or a decorative artist than a real art-history heavyweight.
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