G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923-1926 by Detlef Mertins, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923-1926

G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923-1926

by Detlef Mertins
     
 

The Journal G: Material Zur Elementaren Gestaltung Appeared Between 1923 And 1926 And Featured a Unique Combination of Visual Works and Writings by Some of the Most Important Names in European Art and Design. The List of Contributors to the Magazine During Its Short Life Reads Like a Roll Call of the Avant-Garde: It Includes Hans ARP, Walter Benjamin, Naum

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The Journal G: Material Zur Elementaren Gestaltung Appeared Between 1923 And 1926 And Featured a Unique Combination of Visual Works and Writings by Some of the Most Important Names in European Art and Design. The List of Contributors to the Magazine During Its Short Life Reads Like a Roll Call of the Avant-Garde: It Includes Hans ARP, Walter Benjamin, Naum Gabo, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, El Lissitzky, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Tristan Tzara, and Theo Van Doesburg. What This Disparate Group Had in Common Was a Belief in Gestaltung, or "Elemental Form-Creation," Which Placed Emphasis on the Process and the Materials Through Which Cultural Objects are Produced Rather than on any "ISM," Style, or Form. In G, Works of Engineering, Technology, and Popular Culture Took Their Place Alongside Paintings, Films, Poems, and Sculptures, Creating a Complex and Vivid Image of Urban Modernity.

While Preserving the Original Graphic Design of G, This Book Makes the Journal Available for the First Time in English and Includes an Introduction and Several Incisive Essays That Explore G's Contributions to Art, Architecture, Design, and Film. Both an Invaluable Resource to Art Historians and a Delight to All those Interested in Graphic Design, the Rebirth of G Will Fascinate and Enthrall a New Generation.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“To flip through this book on G is to be offered a view on how certain matters of the mind were broached in their actual era.  It’s one thing to read bits of treatises in a historical survey; quite another to see such writings as they originally appeared, with the advertisements, graphics, and typographic particulars of their time.  Along with the first English-language recreations of G’s pages, numerous essays in the book help flesh out the context.”—The National

“A valuable find for anyone studying the visual culture of this time period.”—ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606060391
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Detlef Mertins is an architect, historian, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is editor of Walter Curt Behrendt’s The Victory of the New Building Style (Getty Publications, 2000) and The Presence of Mies. Michael W. Jennings is the Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages in the Department of German at Princeton University. He is the author of Dialectical Images: Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Literary Criticism and coauthor of The Author as Producer: A Life of Walter Benjamin.

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