ARTBOOK LOGO

ARTBOOK BLOG

RECENT POSTS

DATE 2/27/2017

Hollywood and the Ivy Look

DATE 2/26/2017

We Go Out

DATE 2/25/2017

Miralda’s El Internacional (1984–1986): New York’s Archaeological Sandwich

DATE 2/24/2017

Valérie Belin Book Launch at Albertine

DATE 2/24/2017

Clare Rojas: Plain Black, Abstract Paintings

DATE 2/23/2017

The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making

DATE 2/22/2017

Small Wonders: Late Gothic Boxwood Microcarvings from the Low Countries

DATE 2/22/2017

Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven

DATE 2/21/2017

Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art

DATE 2/20/2017

The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln

DATE 2/19/2017

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, Panel 14 ("injustice in the courts"), 1941

DATE 2/18/2017

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

DATE 2/17/2017

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, Panel 58 (Girls), 1940-41

DATE 2/17/2017

Visit ARTBOOK at the LAABF 2017!

DATE 2/17/2017

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

DATE 2/16/2017

Mark Neville: Fancy Pictures

DATE 2/15/2017

See Red Women's Workshop: Feminist Posters 1974–1990 at CAA!

DATE 2/14/2017

Sophie Calle: The Address Book

DATE 2/13/2017

Leendert Blok: Silent Beauties, Color Photographs from the 1920s, TULIPA, Bleu celeste

DATE 2/12/2017

Merce Cunningham: Common Time

DATE 2/12/2017

Art Catalogues at LACMA Presents Flavin Judd and Michael Govan on 'Donald Judd Writings'

DATE 2/11/2017

Merce Cunningham: Common Time

DATE 2/10/2017

Goodbye Soho, Hello Wall Street!

DATE 2/10/2017

Merce Cunningham: Common Time

DATE 2/9/2017

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

DATE 2/8/2017

Raymond Pettibon

DATE 2/7/2017

In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company

DATE 2/6/2017

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

DATE 2/5/2017

Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita

DATE 2/4/2017

Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita

DATE 2/3/2017

How Posters Work

DATE 2/2/2017

JR & Art Spiegelman: The Ghosts of Ellis Island

DATE 2/1/2017

The Royal Academy of Arts Joins ARTBOOK | D.A.P.

DATE 2/1/2017

Rania Matar: L'Enfant-Femme

DATE 2/1/2017

Mark Neville in conversation with Adam Bell

DATE 2/1/2017

Join ARTBOOK | D.A.P. at the 2017 CAA Conference

DATE 1/30/2017

'Bob & Bob' Launch at ARTBOOK @ Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

DATE 1/30/2017

101 Danish Design Icons

DATE 1/30/2017

Rania Matar: L'Enfant-Femme

DATE 1/29/2017

Yves Klein: In/Out Studio in WSJ Magazine

DATE 1/28/2017

Yves Klein: In/Out Studio in WSJ Magazine

DATE 1/27/2017

'Yves Klein: In/Out Studio' in the WSJ Magazine

DATE 1/25/2017

Břrge Mogensen: Simplicity and Function

DATE 1/24/2017

Břrge Mogensen: Simplicity and Function

DATE 1/24/2017

BACK IN STOCK: The Moon 1968–1972

DATE 1/23/2017

100 Secrets of the Art World Launch at MoMA PS1

DATE 1/23/2017

Judith Bernstein: Rising

DATE 1/22/2017

See Red Women's Workshop

DATE 1/21/2017

See Red Women's Workshop

DATE 1/21/2017

Christopher Bedford, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Thomas Lax, Sheena Wagstaff & Fred Wilson Launch 'Four Generations' at NYPL

DATE 1/20/2017

Mark Peterson: Political Theatre


EXCERPTS & ESSAYS

ALLIE PISARRO-GRANT | DATE 4/26/2011

German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
Now On View at MoMA

It's been almost a month since this exhibition -- the largest that the museum has devoted exclusively to Germany's first modern movement -- opened to wide acclaim at the MoMA. If you haven't visited yet, you have a little over a month to catch it. For those of you non-New Yorkers, we can offer the second best thing: the exhibition catalogue.

MoMA's publication, German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, is a fantastic resource, showcasing the Museum's outstanding holdings of Expressionist prints, enhanced by a selection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures also from the collection. There are two fantastic slideshows of images from the exhibition on the web right now, one on the MoMA's website and another from The New York Times. Those slideshows focus exclusively on prints from the exhibition. While printmaking is the trademark medium of this movement, I chose to feature here drawings, paintings and sculpture, to try to give a slightly different perspective.

Of the exhibition, the New York Times' Roberta Smith writes: "The [German Expressionist] style combusted spontaneously after 1905 among artists in Dresden and Munich who were inspired by the brilliant colors and distorted forms of the Post-Impressionists and then the Fauves, as well as by peasant art and primitive art; it sputtered out sometime in the 1920s. With only occasional lapses, the show is infused with an urgent, crackling energy, by turns joyful, satiric, grim and tragic." German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse continues through July 11 at The Museum of Modern Art.

German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

Above, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Two Nudes in a Landscape, from 1908–10. This pastel and charcoal drawing, made at an early stage in the artist's career, is softer and more lyrical than the jarring images we tend to associate with Kirchner and German Expressionism in general. It was made prior to his move to Berlin in 1911, after which he began his acclaimed series of "street walker" paintings. Though this drawing has a sensitive touch, it does begin to hint at the vibrancy and discord that characterizes his later work.


Below is Kirchner's Standing Girl, Caryatid, from 1909–10. This carved and painted wooden sculpture, standing at about a foot and a half tall, brilliantly embodies Kirchner's recognizable line quality, exemplified in his woodblock prints. He transforms that graphic line into a tender, yet stark, three-dimensional object.


German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

Above, Erich Heckel's striking drawing Two Female Nudes, from 1910, is reminiscent of Degas's bathing nudes from the late 1800s. The artist used gouache, an opaque water-based medium akin to watercolor, to create the bold colors that give this sketch so much life.


Below, a well-known example of Kirchner's "street walker" paintings. Street, Dresden, begun in 1907-8 and reworked in 1919, has come to symbolize the whole German Expressionist movement in modern art history books. It is the painting's expressive use of color - meaning that the colors, rather than being true to observation, signify emotion - that make it exemplary. The painting is often described as being nauseating; it leaves the viewer reeling with a palpable sense of the feelings that these artists were depicting: the confusion and sense of dislocation that modern city life could inflict.


German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
Here is a link to the full review from Smith: Bleak Visions From Early-20th-Century Rebels

Additionally, I reccomend checking out this fantastic web resource from the MoMA, in which you can view over 20 illustrated books from the MoMA's German Expressionism collection. Their page-by-page viewer is slow to load, but if you love this aesthetic and history, it will be worth the wait. Here's a link: http://www.moma.org/explore/collection/ge/illustrated_books.


German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK
Hbk, 9.5 x 12 in. / 288 pgs / 295 color.



ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the art world's source for books on art & culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
75 Broad Street, Suite 630
New York NY 10004
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2013 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com