John Elderfield: Kurt Schwitters (1985)

26 September 2017, dusan

“Designed to accompany the Schwitters exhibitions in New York, London and Hanover, John Elderfield’s masterly study of Schwitters fulfils all the promise of his articles on that artist from the years 1969 to 1977 and surpasses any other academic work on the same subject in five major respects: first, in its attention to all phases of Schwitters’s work (the pre-1917 and post-1937 phases as well as the classically Merz period); second, in its judicious and balanced attention to all aspects of Schwitters’s multi-media work; third, in its refusal to reduce Schwitters’s artistic and theoretical work to one simple set of ideas or to privilege one mode of expression over another; fourth, in its generous sense of the rich artistic background (Cubism, Sturm, Dada, Constructivism) out of which Schwitters’s variegated work arose; and fifth, in its prodigious familiarity with the vast secondary literature dealing with the Modernist avant-gardes. The extent of Elderfield’s research is immensely impressive and the result of this is an authoritative, clearly-written book which combines a sure grasp of factual detail, a shrewd analytical sense vis-a-vis individual works, a complex understanding of the theoretical problems posed by Schwitters’s cpuvre and a fluid empathy with all of its levels. Quite apart from the 355 high-quality illustrations, the uniform excellence of Elderfield’s text makes the book indispensable for any serious student of German and European Modernism and effortlessly accessible to the non-specialist as well.” (Richard Sheppard’s 1986 review)

Publisher Thames and Hudson, London, 1985
ISBN 0500234264
424 pages
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Reviews: Richard Sheppard (J Eur Studies, 1986), Dawn Ades (Burlington Mag, 1986).

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Jennifer McColl Crozier: Carmen Beuchat: modernismo y vanguardia (2010) [Spanish]

26 September 2017, dusan

A book on the life of Carmen Beuchat (1941) as a postmodern dancer and choreographer, from Santiago to Valparaíso, with an important passage through New York from the late 1960s through the 1980s.

“‘Monja, salvaje, barroca, gozadora y penitente, ávida de conocimiento, rupturista consuetudinaria, deseosa de libertad, atada a los seres queridos vivos y muertos’. Tal es la complejidad de Carmen Beuchat, ícono nacional de la danza contemporánea posmoderna. La descripción es de Paula Tapia, profesora de danza que prologa Carmen Beuchat. Modernismo y vanguardia. El libro cuenta la vida de Beuchat como bailarina y coreógrafa, de Santiago a Valparaíso, con un importante paso por Nueva York. Leerlo es recorrer las alegrías y los sinsabores de quienes hacían arte de vanguardia en Estados Unidos y en Chile.”

Publisher Cuarto Propio, Providencia, Chile, 2010
ISBN 9789562605090
130 pages
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Yvonne Rainer: Feelings Are Facts: A Life (2006)

26 July 2017, dusan

“In this memoir, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer traces her personal and artistic coming of age. Feelings Are Facts (the title comes from a dictum by Rainer’s one-time psychotherapist) uses diary entries, letters, program notes, excerpts from film scripts, snapshots, and film-frame enlargements to present a vivid portrait of an extraordinary artist and woman in postwar America.

Rainer tells of a California childhood in which she was farmed out by her parents to foster families and orphanages, of sexual and intellectual initiations in San Francisco and Berkeley, and of artistic discoveries and accomplishments in the New York City dance world. Rainer studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham in the late 1950s and early 1960s, cofounded the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, hobnobbed with New York artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris (her lover and partner for several years), and Yoko Ono, and became involved with feminist and antiwar causes in the 1970s and 1980s. Rainer writes about how she constructed her dances—including The Mind Is a Muscle and its famous section, Trio A, as well as the recent After Many a Summer Dies the Swan—and about turning from dance to film and back to dance. And she writes about meeting her longtime partner Martha Gever and discovering the pleasures of domestic life.”

Publisher MIT Press, 2006
Writing Art series
ISBN 9780262182515, 0262182513
xvi+473 pages

Reviews: John Rockwell (NYT, 2006), Ian White (Afterall, 2007), Daniel Ross (Screening the Past, 2007), Deborah Jowitt (Dance Research, 2008).

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Mr. Fluxus: A Collective Portrait of George Maciunas, 1931-1978 (1997)

23 July 2017, dusan

A collective portrait of George Maciunas, the central, organizing figure and participant in Fluxus, based on personal anecdotes and reminiscences gathered by the artists Emmett Williams and Ay-O from more than eighty of Maciunas’s friends and Fluxus colleagues.

Edited by Emmett Williams and Ann Noël
Publisher Thames and Hudson, London, 1997
ISBN 0500974616, 9780500974612
352 pages

Review: Elizabeth Beckman and Jonathan Applefield (Art J, 1999).

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Hugo Ball: Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary (1927–)

17 July 2017, dusan

Hugo Ball—poet, philosopher, novelist, cabaret performer, journalist, mystic—was a man extremely sensitive to the currents of his time and carried in their wake. In February 1916 he founded the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. The sound poems and performance art by Ball and the other artists who gathered there were the beginnings of Dada. Ball’s extraordinary diaries, one of the most significant products of the Dada movement, are here available in English, along with the original Dada manifesto and John Elderfield’s critical introduction, revised and updated for this edition, and a supplementary bibliography of Dada texts.”

First published as Die Flucht aus der Zeit, Duncker & Humblot, Munich, 1927.

Edited and with an Introduction by John Elderfield
Translated by Ann Raimes
Publisher Viking Press, New York, 1974
Documents of Twentieth-Century Art series
New edition, University of California Press, 1996
ISBN 9780520204409
lxiv+274 pages

Review: Kirkus Rev (n.d.).

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