THE NEW VISION
FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN, PAINTING, SCULPTURE, ARCHITECTURE
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: THE NEW VISION: FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN, PAINTING, SCULPTURE, ARCHITECTURE (The New Bauhaus Books Series 1: Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, series editors). NYC: W. W. Norton & Company, 1938. First edition thus. Full decorated buckram in rare dust jacket. A very good or better copy with former owners name and date (1938) on FEP. The rare dust jacket is lightly chipped to edges, with a 5 cm chip to crown of spine. The fragile jacket has been archivally-backed to prevent further loss. A nice copy of a book rarely found in collectible condition, and virtually unknown with the dust jacket. Outstanding Book Design and Typography by the author.
7.75 x 10.25 hardcover book with 208 pages and 221 b/w photographs and text illustrations of art, architecture, sculpture, displays, movie sets, furniture, etc. "Revised and enlarged edition" (title page verso) of the original 1930 American imprint (Spalek #3819; see Freitag #6626, giving the date as 1932), with a new foreword, plus index, Spalek #3820.
An amazing book that expands upon Moholy-Nagy¹s 1928 treatsie The New Vision (originally published as Bauhausbuch 14). Moholy's treatsie on modern design was intended to inform laymen and artists about the basic elements of Bauhaus education and the merging of theory and design. This volume also served as a remarkably effective self-promotional tool as Molholy-Nagy tried to re-establish the Bauhaus in Chicago as the New Bauhaus, and subsequently as the Institute of Design.
One of Chicago's great cultural achievements, the Institute of Design was among the most important schools of photography in twentieth-century America. It began as an outpost of experimental Bauhaus education and was home to an astonishing group of influential teachers and students.
- the material (surface treatment, painting)
- volume (sculpture)
- space (architecture)
The list of artists included in this volume reads like a veritable rosetta stone of the modern movement: Joseph Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Hans Arp, Herbert Bayer, Giacomo Balla, Peter Behrens, Constantin Brancusi, Jean Cocteau, Le Corbusier, Theo Van Doesburg, Max Ernst, Albert Gleizes, Naum Gabo, Walter Gropius, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, Barbara Hepworth, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Gorgy Kepes, Paul Klee, Fernand Leger, El Lissitzky, Kasimir Malevich, Man Ray, F. T. Marinetti, Mies Van Der Rohe, Piet Mondrian, Henry Moore, J.J.P. Oud, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Rodchenko, Oscar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt, Kurt Schwitters, Frank Lloyd Wrightand many others.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (Hungarian, 1895-1946) was born in Bacsbarsod, Hungary. Injured during World War I, he turned to painting and made contact with the Budapest avant-garde in 1918. In 1922, Maholy-Nagy participated in the International Dada-Constructivist Congress in Weimar and began experiments in photography with his wife Lucia. Appointed master at the Bauhaus in 1923, he made his first film, Berliner Stilleden, in 1926. Although always a painter and designer, Moholy-Nagy became a key figure in photography in Germany in the 1920's. In 1928 Moholy-Nagy left the Bauhaus and traveled to Amsterdam and London. His teachings and publications of photographic experimentations were crucial to the international development of the New Vision. In 1937 he was invited to found the New Bauhaus in Chicago by the Association of Arts and Industries. Moholy-Nagy served as teacher and director there from 1937 until his death in 1946.
A sample spread from this volume can be viewed here.
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