MODERN ART AND DESIGN 2

 

 

DE STIJL (MOMA Bulletin)
Museum of Modern Art. 1952-53.7 1/2" by 10". Museum of Modern Art Bulletin: Vol.XX, No.2. Winter 1952-1953. Issued on the occasion of a de Stijl exhibition. 13 pages. Pamplet, stapled. Black and white illustrations. Chronology and introductory essay by Alfred H, Barr, Jr.; foreword by Philip C. Johnson. Paintings, furniture, and architecture by the de Stijl artists, including Mondrian, Van Doesburg, and Rietveld. The de Stijl group (Dutch for "The Style") were artists of the 1920's who were influenced by some of the ideas of DaDa. They had a utopian approach to aesthetics, with spiritual underpinnings. They were crazy about strict geometry and particularly fond of rectangles. They used only primary colors of red, blue and yellow along with black and white. The design style of the Bauhaus group owed a great deal to the de Stijl group, some of whom joined the school as teachers. Do not look for purple or curves here; you will be disappointed.
CONDITION: Wear along stapled edge. Bits of lower left corner and top left corner missing. Crease across lower left corner. Back cover dirty with some brown water damage spots. Old price in pen upper corner first page. One brown spot on each of last three pages. $6

 
 

BEAUTY IN THE MAKING: A GUIDE TO THE POTTERIES OF GUSTAVSBERG (Softcover Booklet)
This publication gives a behind-the-scenes look at the design and manufacture of Gustavsberg pottery. Gustavsberg pottery was made just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. The factory was established in 1827, but today they are known for their modernist pottery of the 1950s and the work of playful designers like Stig Lindberg. The Argenta series (teal green-glazed pottery with applied silver decorations) is particularly famous. This brochure goes into great detail, with lots of techinical information, numerous color plates, and even a discussion of their workers' housing--very interesting as the pottery concern owned the entire town! See pics of many content employees wearing reindeer sweaters.
CONDITION: Excellent condition with no marks on interior or cover. Cover has very slight wear to spine. $8 SOLD!

         
 

KANDINSKY'S TEACHING AT THE BAUHAUS: COLOR THEORY AND ANALYTICAL DRAWING by CLARK V. POLING (First American Edition)
Rizzoli, 1986. No dustjacket. Not stated, but I believe this to be the First American Edition. 160 pages. 178 illustrations, many in color (as they should be, considering the subject). Originally published in German. An interesting look at Kandinsky's art courses at the Bauhaus. Born in Russia in 1866, Kandinsky began teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1922. He followed the school's moves to Dessau and Berlin. Kandinsky was a painter, a printmaker, a stage designer, a decorative artist, and a theorist. His early work contained images of the "real world" but these gave way to pure abstraction. Kandinsky became world famous and was proclaimed the theoretician and leading figure of abstract painting. Kandinsky's teachings focused on forms, colors and their interelationships. There are plenty of pretty color wheels in this volume. Example of Kandinksy's drawings and paintings --as well as those of his students--illustrate the principles he espoused.
CONDITION: Dustjacket missing. Slight bow to binding. Interior pages clean and white and tight. Color plates look great. Front endpaper has some penciled notes (OP, AS IS, and a small spiral), also a sticky square where there used to be a price sticker. Black cloth cover has wear, with a faint circle on the front, probably from someone who did not use a coaster. Also a white smudge on the backside. $25 SOLD!

         
 

MODERN ART IN EVERYDAY LIFE by ROBERT GOLDWATER
Harry Abrams, 1955. Pamphlet with stapled binding. 23 pages. Art Treasures of the World. Explores the relationship between fine and applied arts, modern art and modern living. Illustrated with black and white plates of modern iconic designs including the Olson Kleenex box, Mondrian paintings, Breuer house, Eames chair, etc. Juxtaposes "fine art" against everyday objects (example: a Tanguy painting compared to surreal Stan Kenton LP art.) Robert Goldwasser was Associate Professor of Art at Queens College. Original cost a buck, and wouldn't it have been interesting if they had redesigned the dollar bill to resemble a Dali drawing? No such luck.
CONDITION: Pages are clean and tight. Cover has a large crease across the bottom right corner and wear along the stapled edge. No marks. $6

         
 

THE HOUSE IN MY HEAD by DOROTHY RODGERS
Avenel Books, 1967. Reprint. 254 pages. approx. 10"x7". Chronicles the building of a Fairfield, Connecticut "dream house" from conception to realization. From general ideas to finished product, this book takes a step-by-step look at the creation of a home, including its design, construction, and decoration. The architect was John Stonehill. The decor is conservative French Provincial and a bit stodgy for the 60s, with lots of flowered upholstery and too much brown for my taste. Yet there seems to be a real Picasso on the wall, a nice touch. There is also a section about cooking and entertaining, with 36 menus and 78 recipes. Dorothy was the wife of the composer Richard Rodgers. If you go by this book, you might believe that the Rodgers had a picture perfect life. Check other sources, and you will discover that Richard Rodgers was a philandering, critical, depressed man and, according to Stephen Sondheim, Dorothy was "genuinely an awful person". Imagine her popping Demerol in the living room, if you must. Their daughter Mary claimed that they were "crazy, disturbed, unhappy, miserable people" and that "We were just living this gigantic lie." Still, the in-ground pool is nice.
CONDITION: Interior in lovely shape with crisp, clean pages and tight binding. No marks at all. Brown and yellow cloth cover has a bit of wear to top and bottom of spine. Dustjacket not price-clipped ($10 price). Top and bottom edge of dj is ragged in places with some chips. There are two one inch tears at the top front cover, visible in picture. Also one tear about 2 1/2 inches long upper left corner of back cover. $8

         
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