This compelling examination of the work and lives of Expressionist artists Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter and Dadaists Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber illuminates the roles of gender and the applied arts in abstraction’s early days. Both couples, like Expressionism and Dada more generally, strived to transcend the fragmented individualism promoted by capitalism. Through abstraction and by unsettling the boundaries between the decorative and fine arts, they negotiated tensions between the philosophical and commercial aspects of their production. Both pairs were feminist―the women ambitious and the men supportive of their work―but theirs was a feminism that embraced differences between the sexes. This innovative look at the personal relationships of two influential artist couples shows how everyday life―mundane concerns along with spiritual and intellectual endeavors―informed the development of abstraction.
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Beautifully illustrated, this insightful book looks at two influential artist couples and the roles of gender and the applied arts in the emergence of abstraction.About the Author:
Bibiana K. Obler is associate professor of art history at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
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Buchbeschreibung YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEMIC Apr 2014, 2014. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - An examination of the work and lives of Expressionist artist Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Munter and Dadaists Hans Arp and Sophie Taeuber illuminates the roles of gender and the applied arts in abstraction's early days. It shows how everyday life influenced the development of abstraction. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780300195798