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Josef Albers (1888andndash;1976) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866andndash;1944), artists and teachers at the Bauhaus, were exiled from Germany when the school was forced to close in the early 1930s. The 46 letters in this volume document the intimate exchange between these two friends in a period when the world was coming apart. Despite the tumult, each wrote to the other of his continuous creative evolution, while also providing rich impressions of his new world. For Kandinsky, this was Paris where he navigated a new avant-garde scene. For Albers, it was the United States where he and his wife Anni began teaching at the recently founded Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Kandinskyandrsquo;s and Albersandrsquo;s correspondence reveals their warmth and humor, their strength in coping with unexpected circumstances, and above all their conviction in the resilience and power of art. Archival photographs, artwork, and ephemera accompany the collection, which brings together the artistsandrsquo; full extant correspondence for the first time in English.and#160;

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This collection of lively correspondence between friends and artists Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky reveals an intimate picture of their personalities and painterly aspirations over the course of a decade.

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Nicholas Fox Weber, for thirty-four years head of the Albers Foundation, spent many years with Anni and Josef Albers, the only husband-and-wife artistic pair at the Bauhaus (she was a textile artist; he was a professor and an artist, in glass, metal, wood, and photography). The Alberses told him their own stories and described life at the Bauhaus with their fellow artists and teachers, Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well as with these figures' lesser-known wives and girlfriends.

In this extraordinary group biography, Weber brilliantly brings to life the pioneering art school in Germany's Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 1930s, and captures the spirit and flair with which these Bauhaus geniuses lived, as well as their consuming goal of making art and architecture.

About the Author

Nicholas Fox Weber is the director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and author of numerous books, including Patron Saints: Five Rebels Who Opened America to a New Art, 1928-1943; Le Corbusier: A Life;and#160;and Balthus: A Biography. He lives in Bethany, CT.

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ISBN:
9780300169843
Subtitle:
Friends in Exile: A Decade of Correspondence, 1929and#150;1940
Author:
Weber, Nicholas Fox
Author:
Boissel, Jessica
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Letters
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20151013
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
87 b/w + 25 color illus.
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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This collection of lively correspondence between friends and artists Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky reveals an intimate picture of their personalities and painterly aspirations over the course of a decade.

"Synopsis" by , Nicholas Fox Weber, for thirty-four years head of the Albers Foundation, spent many years with Anni and Josef Albers, the only husband-and-wife artistic pair at the Bauhaus (she was a textile artist; he was a professor and an artist, in glass, metal, wood, and photography). The Alberses told him their own stories and described life at the Bauhaus with their fellow artists and teachers, Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well as with these figures' lesser-known wives and girlfriends.

In this extraordinary group biography, Weber brilliantly brings to life the pioneering art school in Germany's Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 1930s, and captures the spirit and flair with which these Bauhaus geniuses lived, as well as their consuming goal of making art and architecture.

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