Klee and America

Klee and America

by Jenny Anger, Vivian Endicott Barnett, Michael Baumgartner, Bradford Epley
     
 
Paul Klee was a leading figure in European Modernism, and his acclaim at home was quickly matched in the United States, where both private collectors and major museums sought out his work. Klee and America explores the reasons for that enthusiastic reception, especially during the 1930s and 1940s, while the artist was being targeted in Hitler’s campaign against

Overview

Paul Klee was a leading figure in European Modernism, and his acclaim at home was quickly matched in the United States, where both private collectors and major museums sought out his work. Klee and America explores the reasons for that enthusiastic reception, especially during the 1930s and 1940s, while the artist was being targeted in Hitler’s campaign against Entartete Kunst (degenerate art).Just as the European market for Klee’s work was collapsing, American patrons and curators were gobbling it up. And after he had been removed from his teaching post in Düsseldorf, and had returned to his childhood home in Switzerland, he continued to be represented by a number of German-Jewish art dealers who had emigrated to the US. Eventually his work landed in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, among others. Foremost among Klee’s earliest American collectors was Katherine Dreier, whose Société Anonyme, founded with artists Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, sponsored the exhibitions of pioneering abstract art in which his paintings were first shown in the U.S. In Los Angeles, Walter and Louise Arensberg assembled a vast collection of Klee’s paintings. In 1939 Alfred Barr Jr. bought a first canvas for MoMA. Klee and America examines this history, and offers an impressive selection of Klee’s finest "American" works, both paintings and drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780939594627
Publisher:
Menil Foundation
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
320

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