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UTOPIA MATTERS: Brotherhoods to Bauhaus Josef Albers EL Lissitzky Kandinsky Hardback Book

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UTOPIA MATTERS
FROM BROTHERHOODS TO BAUHAUS
January 23–April 11, 2010
Deutsche Guggenheim
1st Edition 2010
Hardback Book with Dust Jacket
 
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This marvelous first edition hardcover book with dustjacket was published on the occasion of the above fascinating exhibition. 
 

The golden age has not passed; it lies in the future.--Paul Signac

Utopia has long been a subject of investigation for artists, as well as a model for artistic collectives. The exhibition Utopia Matters under the curatorship of Vivien Greene presents case studies from the early nineteenth century through I933 (when the Bauhaus closed in Berlin) and examines the evolution of utopian ideas in modern Western artistic thought and practice. The international movements included in the exhibition are Les Primitifs, the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and Arts and Crafts, the Cornish Colony, Neo-Impressionism, De Stijl, etc.

 

Utopia has long been a subject of investigation for artists, as well as a model for artistic collectives. In the early 1800s, artistic brotherhoods inspired by the medieval guild emerged. These brotherhoods pursued the utopian tenets of communal work from within ideal communities they established. By the end of the nineteenth century, utopian groups flourished, as artists, architects, designers, and writers embraced aestheticized experience and artisanal traditions in reaction to the unsightliness and commercialism of urban life. Following World War I, avant-gardes turned to the utopian notion of harmony they saw in abstraction and optimistically endeavored to ameliorate society through art and design. Utopia Matters: From Brotherhoods to Bauhaus will examine a sequence of international case studies from the early nineteenth century through 1933, when the Bauhaus closed in Berlin and the ascendancy of Fascism and Stalinism curbed or negatively reframed artistic endeavors, and investigate the evolution of utopian ideas in modern Western artistic thought and practice. It will address the movements of Primitivism, the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and Arts and Crafts, the Cornish Colony, Neo-Impressionism, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, and Russian Constructivism. This exhibition is organized by Vivien Greene, Curator of 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art at the Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition will travel to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice on May 1, 2010. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Greene, noted historian Russell Jacoby, and design historian Victor Margolin will also accompany the exhibition.

 

Utopian movements and artist groups in Europe and America have idealistically attempted to shape the world and inspire positive change throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the Primitifs in Paris, this exhibition and catalogue explore the work of the German Nazarenes, the English Pre-Raphaelites, English impresario William Morris and the international Arts and Crafts movement, the American Cornish art colony, French Neo-Impressionism, Dutch De Stijl, the German Bauhaus, and Russian Constructivism.

Utopia Matters explores the aspirations of artists working in mediums that range from painting, sculpture, and architecture to the decorative arts, book illustration, and journal production. The catalogue and exhibition facilitate comparisons among these groups, revealing how many of them sought ways to create ideal communities and transform their environments.

Vivien Greene’s text provides an overview of the utopian movements of the 19th century and is followed by Victor Margolin’s survey of those of the early 20th century. Russell Jacoby’s text meditates on the literary and philosophical construct of utopia and its theoretical underpinnings and implications. Illustrated with more than eighty full-color plates, this catalogue also contains definitions of the utopian movements and short bibliographies for further reading on each.

It measures 11 by 10 inches and has 128 pages. We are unable to show any interior pages because we don't want to open this new book!

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