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FORM AS REVOLT: CARL EINSTEIN AND THE GROUND OF MODERN ART. Sebastian Zeidler. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2015. Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures and Thought. 320 pp. with 72 ills. (39 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2015-32294 ISBN 9781501702082 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 168680. Publisher's description: The German writer and art critic Carl Einstein (1885-1940) has long been acknowledged as an important figure in the history of modern art, and yet he is often sidelined as an enigma. In Form as Revolt Sebastian Zeidler recovers Einstein's multifaceted career, offering the first comprehensive intellectual biography of Einstein in English. Einstein first emerged as a writer of experimental prose through his involvement with the anarchist journal Die Aktion. After a few limited forays into art criticism, he burst onto the art scene in 1915 with his book Negro Sculpture, at once a formalist intervention into the contemporary theory and practice of European sculpture and a manifesto for the sophistication of African art. Einstein would go on to publish seminal texts on the cubist paintings of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. His contributions to the surrealist magazine Documents (which Einstein cofounded with Georges Bataille), including writings on Picasso and Paul Klee, remain unsurpassed in their depth and complexity.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945 — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168679
Hardcover $99.95    

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