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


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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.

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Notes to the Reader 1

Introduction: The G-Group and the European Avant-Garde Detlef Mertins Michael W. Jennings 3

Contains Graphic Material: El Lissitzky and the Topography of G Maria Gough 21

Toward an Elemental Cinema: Film Aesthetics and Practice in G Edward Dimendberg 53

Architecture, Worldview, and World Image in G Detlef Mertins 71

G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, no. 1 (1923) 100

G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, no. 2 (1923) 104

G: Journal for Elemental Form-Creation, no. 3(1924) 111

G: Journal for Elemental Form-Creation, no. 4(1926) 181

G: Journal for Elemental Form-Creation, nos. 5/6(1926) 203

Appendix: Contemporary Reflections on G 241

"A Call for Elemental Art" Raoul Hausmann Hans Arp Ivan Puni László Moholy-Nagy 241

"Concerning the So-Called G Group" Werner Graeff 243

"More on Group 'G'" Raoul Hausmann 249

Biographical Notes on the Contributors 252

Text Credits 253

Illustration Credits 257

Index 259

Full-Size Inserts (see inside back cover)

G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, no.1(1923)

G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, no.2(1923)

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