Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (18891943) ranks among the pioneers of the early twentieth century’s classical avant-garde. In addition to studying dance at Rudolf von Laban’s dance school, she was educated as an artist at the School of Applied Arts in St. Gallen, Switzerland; at Wilhelm von Debschitz’s teaching and experimental workshop in Munich; and the School of Applied arts in Hamburg. After becoming involved with the Dadaists, she taught textile design at the Zurich School of Applied Arts, then moved to France to live and work in her self-designed studio home until she had to flee from the German occupation in 1940. Remarkably versatile and immensely gifted, Taeuber-Arp’s work covers the universal range of the modernist movementapplied and fine art, dance, architecture, interior design, and teaching.
Accompanying a retrospective exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany, this book shows the entire range of Taeuber-Arp’s creativity and her mastery of material, shape, and color, as well as her inventiveness and interdisciplinary thinking and approach. It features an abundance of works drawn from private collections that have either not yet been shown to the public or not displayed for many years, and the accompanying essays from leading scholars treat Taeuber-Arp’s work in both the fine and applied art in equal measure.
Richly illustrated with three hundred imagesthe majority in colorSophie Taeuber-Arp is the most comprehensive book on this extraordinary artist ever published in English.
|Publisher:||Scheidegger and Spiess|
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Founded in 1959, the Aargauer Kunsthaus is one of the leading art museums in Switzerland. Kunsthalle Bielefeld is a museum of modern and contemporary art in Bielefeld, Germany.
Table of Contents
Madeleine Schuppli/Friedrich Meschede
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Today is Tomorrow
Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Interdisciplinary Works within Art History’s System of Categorization
Floral-linear: Figuration and Abstraction in the Work of Sophie-Taeuber-Arp
Kachinas and Kinesthesia:
Dance in the art of Sophie Taeuber-Arp
In the Modernism Network:
Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s involvement in the magazine plastique
In the Bedlam of the Avant-garde:
Sophie Taeuber-Arp and the Constructivists exhibition in 1937
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: The Line in Focus.
A linear quartet in a theoretical context
Saint and Muse:
Hans Arp’s Texts and the Perception of Taeuber-Arp
On Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Artistic Career and Understanding of Herself:
A first reading of her letters from the 1910s
Sigrid Schade/Walburga Krupp/Medea Hoch
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: A Short Biography
Selection of publications
Exhibitions and literature
Index of illustrations