New York : Guggenheim Museum Publications : Available through Artbook/D.A.P., c2012.
Book — 200 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Tastebreakers of the 1950s: an introduction / Megan M. Fontanella
Tastebreakers of the1950s: a chronology / compiled by Flavia Frigeri
Aftermath trash: the acquisions of James Johnson Sweeney / Tracey Bashkof
A vital force: abstract art and cultural politics at mid-century / Megan M. Fontanella
Abstract sculpture of the atomic age / Jean Marter.
"Pioneering artists in the post-orld War II era alternatively embraced artistic freedom and gesture-ased styles, nontraditional materials and countercultural references.French art critic Michel Tapié even declared the existence of un art autre (art of another kind) - a radical break with all traditional notions of order and composition, in a movement toward something wholly 'other.'
Book — 188 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 x 23 cm
Kandinsky and Radical Ecology: States of Mind, States of Abstraction / Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten
Why Did Kandinsky Improvise? / George E. Lewis
"We Travel Together": Kandinsky and the Bauhaus Community / Megan Fontanella
"One of the foremost artistic innovators of abstraction in the twentieth century, Vasily Kandinsky sought to liberate painting from its ties to the natural world and promote the spiritual in art. This richly illustrated publication looks at Kandinsky anew, through a critical lens, reframing our understanding of this vital figure of European modernism, who was also a prolific aesthetic theorist and writer. A series of thematic essays considers his engagement with avant-garde artistic communities including the Bauhaus, his relationship to improvisation and music, his travels in Europe and Russia, and the influences behind his self-declared anarchist mode of abstraction, among other topics. Tracing Kandinsky's life and work through his years in Moscow, several cities in Germany, and Paris, the texts offer striking new insights into an artist whose creative production and style were intimately tied to a sense of place-and displacement-and evolved amid the political and social upheavals catalyzed by the Russian Revolution and World Wars I and II. Kandinsky's history is closely linked to that of the Guggenheim Museum. Solomon R. Guggenheim began collecting the artist's work in 1929; a year later, they would meet at the Bauhaus, in Dessau. This book features more than half of the museum's deep holdings of works by Kandinsky, presenting the full arc of his artistic development and career. Included are paintings in oil and oil with sand, reverse-glass paintings, as well as woodcuts, watercolors, and drawings on paper. An illustrated chronicle of Kandinsky's life and career, including selected exhibitions and publications, rounds out the volume"-- Provided by publisher