Partners in design : Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson / edited by David A. Hanks ; essays by Donald Albrecht, Barry Bergdoll, Paul Galloway, David A. Hanks, and Juliet Kinchin
Book | The Monacelli Press | 2015
Available at PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor (745.40904 PAR)
239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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"Partners in Design, which accompanies an exhibition opening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in April 2016, chronicles their collaboration, placing it in the larger context of the avant-garde in New York--1930s salons where they mingled with Julien Levy, the gallerist who brought Surrealism to the United States, and Lincoln Kirstein, co-founder of the New York City Ballet; their work to help Bauhaus artists like Josef and Anni Albers escape Nazi Germany--and the dissemination of their ideas across the United States through MoMA's traveling exhibition program"--Monacelli Press website (viewed on November 11, 2015)
"The story of Alfred Barr and Philip Johnson, two young men, now acknowledged as giants in the history of modernism, who changed the course of design in the United States. In the 1920s and 1930s a new aesthetic emerged in the United States, based on the principles of the Bauhaus in Germany: rational, functional design devoid of ornament and without reference to historical styles. Alfred H. Barr Jr., founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Philip Johnson, director of its architecture department, were the leading proponents of the modern approach. Using as their laboratories both MoMA and their own apartments in New York, Barr and Johnson experimented with new ideas in museum ideology, extending the scope beyond painting and sculpture to include design and film; with exhibitions of ordinary objects elevated to art by their elegant design; and with installations in dramatically lit galleries with smooth, white walls"-- Provided by publisher.
The Bauhaus : Mecca of Modernism / David A. Hanks -- The High Bohemia of 1930s Manhattan / Donald Albrecht -- The Barr and Johnson Apartments : Laboratories for Modernism / David A. Hanks -- Modernists Abroad -- Modern Architecture : International Exhibition / Barry Bergdoll -- Machine Art / Juliet Kinchin -- Spreading the Gospel of Modern Design / David A. Hanks.
Includes bibliographical references (page 227) and index.
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