The writings of graphic designer, prolific critic, and avant-garde partisan Karel Teige (1900-1951) represent one of the great forgotten legacies of modern artistic theory. Appearing now for the first time in English as Modern Architecture in Czechoslovakia, Teige's original work is supplemented here by a selection of his other writings on art and architecture. An introduction by Jean-Louis Cohen vividly traces the diverse pursuits of this multifaceted figure.
Graphic designer, critic, avant-garde partisan Teige (1900-51) increasingly turned to architecture after 1922. In 1930 he published the collection of essays about the theory and practice of modern architecture in his native Czechoslovakia. Those and three additional essays from the 1920s about architecture in the wider Europe are here translated by Irena Zantovsk<'a> Murray (McGill U.). An introduction by Jean-Louis Cohen (architecture history, New York U.) is translated by David Britt, a London-based full-time translator. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Jean-Louis Cohen is director of the Institut Française d'Architecture, Paris, professor at the Université de Paris-VIII, and Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Irena Murray is head of the Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art at McGill University, Montreal. David Britt has translated numerous books, including The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity by Aby Warburg.