Bauhaus goes west : modern art and design in Britain and America
Powers, Alan, 1955- author.
Bauhaus goes west : modern art and design in Britain and America / Alan Powers.
New York, New York : Thames & Hudson Inc., 2019.
280 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 1. Elective Affinities: England and Germany
- 2. 'A simpler and more cordial accent': Walter Gropius
- 3. 'The habitability of the whole': Marcel Breuer
- 4. 'That lovely madman': Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
- 5. The People with No Taste: English Modernism in the 1930s
- 6. Beneath the Radar: Other Bouhäusler in Britain
- 7. For Better, for Worse: America's Bauhaus Affair
- 8. Dead or Alive? The Bauhaus Legacy.
Bauhaus Goes West' is a story of cultural exchange - between the Bauhaus emigres in the years following the school's closure in 1933 and the countries to which they moved, focusing in particular on Britain. Taking as its starting point the cultural connections between the UK and Germany in the early part of the 20th century, the book offers a timely re-evaluation of the school's influence on and relationship with modern art and design in Britain, concluding with the school's American legacy. Following the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, teachers and students found new opportunities in Britain and the United States. Among them were Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who simultaneously spent time in London before moving to America, an episode often overlooked but freshly explored here in the context of the interaction between German Modernism and British-based design reform from 1900. Other Bauhaus-trained artists - women as well as men - stayed in the UK and made important contributions into the 1960s. In America, Mies van der Rohe and Josef and Anni Albers had significant late careers, but, over time, the Bauhaus became a shorthand for Modernism's failure. Now, the centenary of the school's founding provides a key opportunity to reconsider how its values emerged and were contested both during its lifetime and beyond.
- Subject headings
Art, British--German influences.
Art, American--German influences.
- Genre heading
- Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
- Call Number
- N332.G33 B4575 2019
- Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
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