Filed under book | Tags: · 1920s, 1930s, art, bauhaus, photography, typography
“These five hundred photographs are a record of Bauhaus activities and experiments during the 1920s and early 1930s. Most of the photographs were taken by artists-painters like Fritz Kuhr and Werner Siedhoff, designers Heinz Loew and Herbert Bayer, Bauhaus masters Hannes Meyer and Joosst Schmidt – who were not self-conscious photographers but who wanted to work with a new technology.
The book supplements visual material already published in Hans Wingler’s monumental Bauhaus and presents the school’s more human side. Some of these photographs have never been published before, while others have not been published since the period in which they were made.
Part I consists of over 100 ‘artistic’ images, a listing of Bauhaus photography exhibits, an example of a Dessau Bauhaus lesson plan, including photography, and essays on various aspects of photography by Peterhans, Moholy, Vordemberge-Gildewart, Ernst Kallai, Fritz Kuhr, Willi Baumeister, Adolf Behne, Max Burchartz, Will Grohmann, and Ludwig Kassack. There is also a section on the use of photography with typography.
Part II is a Bauhaus album – nearly 400 illustrations of applied photography documenting the Bauhaus buildings, classroom projects, or day-today activities of students and faculty.”
First published as Bauhaus Fotografie, Marzona, Düsseldorf, 1982
Edited by Egidio Marzona and Roswitha Fricke
Translated by Harvey Mendelsohn and Frederick Samson
Foreword by Eugene Prakapas
Publisher MIT Press, 1985
ISBN 0262132028, 9780262132022
Review: Clark V. Poling (Design Issues, 1986).
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Filed under book | Tags: · 1920s, 1930s, austria, city, communism, labour, marxism, politics, socialism, urbanism, vienna
“From 1919 to 1934, the Socialist government in Vienna sought to create a comprehensive working-class culture, striving to provide a foretaste of the socialist utopia in the present. In Red Vienna, Gruber critically examines the impact of this experiment in all areas of life, from massive public housing projects and health and education programs to socialist parades, festivals, and sporting events designed to create a ‘new’ working class.”
Publisher Oxford University Press, 1991
ISBN 0195069145, 9780195069143
Reviews: Mark Emanuel Blum (Central European History, 1992), George V. Strong (History of European Ideas, 1993), William D. Bowman (Journal of Social History, 1993), Alfred Diamant (American Historical Review, 1993), J. Robert Wegs (Austrian History Yearbook, 1993), Karen J. Vogel (American Political Science Review, 1993), Albert Lindemann (International Labor and Working-Class History, 1993).
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Filed under book | Tags: · 1930s, avant-garde, biography, history, history of literature, literature, memory, poetry, politics, russia, soviet union, totalitarianism
“Nadezhda Mandelstam’s memoir of her life with poet Osip, who was first arrested in 1934 and died in Stalin’s Great Purge of 1937-38. The book is a vital eyewitness account of Stalin’s Soviet Union and one of the greatest testaments to the value of literature and imaginative freedom ever written.”
Publisher Chekhov Publishing Corp., New York, 1970
Translated by Max Hayward
With an Introduction by Clarence Brown
Publisher Atheneum, New York, 1970
Fifth printing, 1983
Reviews: George Ivask (Slavic Review, 1971), Simon Karlinsky (Slavic and East European Journal, 1971), Robert P. Hughes (Russian Review, 1971), Seamus Heaney (London Review of Books, 1981), Elaine Feinstein (The Independent, 2013).
Commentary: Judith Robey (Slavic and East European Journal, 1998).