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Bauhaus (World of Art) Paperback – April 17, 1984
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Founded in 1919 in Weimar Germany amidst unparalleled economic and political chaos, the Bauhaus design school broke down barriers between fine arts, crafts and industry. British art historian Whitford here gathers Bauhaus participants' diaries, letters, manifestos and essays from journals, exhibition catalogues and newspapers, including much material never before translated into English. Through writings by Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Gunta Stolzl, Mies van der Rohe, Anni Alberts, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and others, we witness the clashes of personality and of ideas that fueled the institute's creative ferment and follow its continual struggle for survival, which ended with the Berlin branch shut down by the Gestapo in 1933. More than 230 illustrations re-create the Bauhaus's innovations in painting, architecture, lithographs, typography, textiles, kinetic sculpture, metalware, furniture, pottery and costume design.
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About the Author
Frank Whitford was born in 1941 and educated at Wadham College, Oxford, the Courtauld Institute, London and the Freie Universitat, West Berlin. After a career as a journalist and a cartoonist, he taught at University College London, and then in Cambridge, where he is still attached to Wolfson College. Well known as a broadcaster and lecturer, he was for many years Tutor in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art, London. His other books include Klimt and Bauhaus (also in the World of Art Series); Oskar Kokoschka, A Life; Expressionist Paintings and the prize-winning Japanese Prints and Western Painters.
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It is quite short, arranged chronologically in brief chapters - headed in characteristic Bauhaus type by the way. Leading personalities – Gropius, Kandinsky, Meyer - and projects – the Torten housing estate, Keler’s cradle – receive their due. The author takes us through the many changes of direction taken by the school in the few years of its existence. The narrative is set against the turbulence of the Weimar Republic. There is a short selection of primary documents and a bibliography, dated inevitably. It is very generously illustrated.
A final chapter considers judgements passed on its aims and achievements. The author recounts the treatment of the school by East and West Germany [as noted it was written in 1984]. He makes the point that it has come to represent everything, good and bad, in modernism – unfairly on both counts. He concludes on a very positive note that it brought design into the 20th century and left a permanent beneficial imprint on art education. Of a thousand students in total a remarkable number went on to great things.
Sadly all the copies in my library are blighted by pencilled annotations – testament to its popularity admittedly.
This is a well-constructed paperback with a strong binding. It is a good introduction to Bauhaus, and also a good source for undergraduate students researching the style. For libraries with strong art and design collections, this volume complements others that focus on individual artists and designers.
Copyright © 2007 Of My Own Design, Josh Crain. All Rights Reserved.
Now for the problems. The book reads like an art history book: very dry. A few of the students in my class had trouble getting past the first few pages. Second, the book is broken up into chapters based on content area. This makes it difficult to understand the whole timeline of the Bauhaus. I had to create my own timeline to help me understand the context of all of the information.
To sum up, this book is not for casual reading. If you already know about the Bauhaus and want more details, you will love this book.
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