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Bauhaus Women: Art, Handicraft, Design


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This monograph—published to coincide with the Bauhaus exhibition at the MoMA (November 8, 2009-January 25, 2010)—celebrates the work of twenty women artists who created feverishly in all the teaching, workshop, and production branches of the Bauhaus—women who should have been included in the major art histories of the twentieth century long ago, but whose names, masterpieces, and extraordinary lives have only gradually become known to us. Recognized figures such as Anni Albers—the first textile artist to be exhibited at the MoMA—and Marianne Brandt—whose elegant geometric tableware have become classic Alessi designs—are showcased alongside previously unknown artists such as Gertrud Grunow, who taught "Harmonizing Science"; Helene Börner, who led the textile workshop; and Ilse Fehling, a sculptor and the most sought-after set and costume designer of her generation. Founded in 1919, the Bauhaus and most of its students were poor and lacking in just about everything. What it did have, however, was an abundance of enthusiasm, talent, and innovative creativity. Furthermore, over half of those seeking to enroll at the school were women. This tornado of the "fairer sex" was initially seen as a threat, and the weaving mill was quickly turned into a separate "womens facility." Nevertheless, over the years the mill became a hotbed of groundbreaking production, whose impact far surpassed national borders, as demonstrated by the international acclaim of photographers Lucia Moholy, Florence Henri, and Grete Stern.

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Translated from the German edition, this volume chronicles the lives and careers of 20 women who were actively responsible for the renaissance in craft and design of the Bauhaus movement. The entry for each artist features images of their works in color and b&w plates as well as period photos of their cohorts, workshops, and residences. The biographies trace the lives and design theories of artists who overcame the pressure to conform to traditional women's roles, then managed to follow their fortunes, mainly from exile, once the Nazis destroyed the creative milieu they'd help to make. Among the artists surveyed are Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Ida Kerkovius, and Ilse Fehling. Distributed by Rizzoli. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Ulrike Müller studied ecclesiastical music, philosophy, theology, and literary sciences in Hamburg. She lives in Weimar where she works as a museum curator and city guide.

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Muller, Ulrike
Flammarion-Pere Castor
Lettow, Emer
Kanes, Sarah
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Museum
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Design - General
Art-Museums and Collections
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11.12x8.62x.77 in. 2.24 lbs.

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