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The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts, 1919-1936 Hardcover – December 10, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0262112376 ISBN-10: 026211237X
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The Bauhaus, under directors Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, existed in Germany for only 14 years, from 1919 until 1933. It did, however, help set the standards for postwar industrial design and the modern architecture that is so out of favor today. Written by the head of archives and collections at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, this minutely documented but not well-illustrated work relates the history of the American reception of Bauhaus in the 1920s and 1930s. Important for an understanding of the German American cultural history during this period, it will be a required addition to academic and specialized art, architecture, and design collections. Most other libraries could make do with Hans Wingler's seminal work on the subject, Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago (1969) or Frank Whitford's lighter history in the "World of Art" series, Bauhaus (1984).AJay Schafer, Bay Path Coll. Lib., Longmeadow, MA
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An important book on the history of the modern movement.

(Berthold Burkhardt, Department of Architecture, Technische Universität Braunschweig)

In America, perceptions of the German Bauhaus and its role in all this century's design arts rely more on received myth than studied reality. Margret Kentgens-Craig's fresh documentation of this yeasty period -- of the perception, reception, and Americanization of transforming artistic and cultural ideas -- tells the story with clarity and subtlety. She captures the complex interplay of personal attitudes and roles while unraveling phases and faces from which we have evolved.

(Jane F. McCullough Thompson, Thompson Design Group, Bauhaus historian and author)

This book presents a well-rounded picture of Modernism as it emerged in American architecture in the Twenties and Thirties. An impressive roster of names is added to the more familiar ones. Through personal encounters on both sides of the Atlantic, the people discusses in the book disseminated the ideals and ideas of the Bauhaus. The author has gathered impressive evidence, making this book a valuable contribution to Bauhaus literature.

(Sigrid Wortmann Weltge, Professor of the History of Art and Design, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science)

An intelligent book, illuminating the perception of the Bauhaus in the outside world and the contributions of America to the Bauhaus as well as the other way round.

(James Dunnett Architects Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (December 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026211237X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262112376
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,786,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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