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Bauhaus Goes West: Modern Art and Design in Britain and America

Author/EditorPowers, Alan (Author)
ISBN: 9780500295861
Pub Date01/01/2023
BindingPaperback
Pages304
Dimensions (mm)198(h) * 129(w)
Tells the fascinating story of the journey taken by the Bauhaus - both the concept behind the school and some of the individuals who represented it - from Germany to Britain and the USA.
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Bauhaus Goes West is a story of cultural exchange - between the Bauhaus emigres in the years following the school's closure in 1933 and the countries to which they moved, focusing in particular on Britain. Taking as its starting point the cultural connections between the UK and Germany in the early part of the 20th century, the book offers a timely re-evaluation of the school's influence on and relationship with modern art and design in Britain, concluding with the school's American legacy. Following the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, teachers and students found new opportunities in Britain and the United States. Among them were Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who simultaneously spent time in London before moving to America, an episode often overlooked but freshly explored here in the context of the interaction between German Modernism and British-based design reform from 1900. Other Bauhaus-trained artists - women as well as men - stayed in the UK and made important contributions into the 1960s. In America, Mies van der Rohe and Josef and Anni Albers had significant late careers, but, over time, the Bauhaus became a shorthand for Modernism's failure. This is a timely re-evaluation of the school's influence on and relationship with modern art and design, offering fresh insights and challenging assumptions along the way.

Bauhaus Goes West is a story of cultural exchange - between the Bauhaus emigres in the years following the school's closure in 1933 and the countries to which they moved, focusing in particular on Britain. Taking as its starting point the cultural connections between the UK and Germany in the early part of the 20th century, the book offers a timely re-evaluation of the school's influence on and relationship with modern art and design in Britain, concluding with the school's American legacy. Following the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, teachers and students found new opportunities in Britain and the United States. Among them were Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who simultaneously spent time in London before moving to America, an episode often overlooked but freshly explored here in the context of the interaction between German Modernism and British-based design reform from 1900. Other Bauhaus-trained artists - women as well as men - stayed in the UK and made important contributions into the 1960s. In America, Mies van der Rohe and Josef and Anni Albers had significant late careers, but, over time, the Bauhaus became a shorthand for Modernism's failure. This is a timely re-evaluation of the school's influence on and relationship with modern art and design, offering fresh insights and challenging assumptions along the way.

Alan Powers is a widely published author specializing in 20th-century art and design, with an interest in expanding the canon and reshaping the interpretation of Modernism, especially in the British context. He has taught in several university schools of architecture, and has been active as an exhibition curator, conservationist and journalist. He is the author of numerous books, including Ravilious and Co, also published by Thames & Hudson.

Introduction * 1. England and Germany * 2. Gropius Arrives * 3. Marcel Breuer * 4. Moholy-Nagy * 5. Finding English Modernism * 6. Other Bauhausler in Britain * 7. O my America! * 8. Conclusion

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