Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"Like the artists at the German Bauhaus, in an age of industrial mass production she wanted to return artisanship and craft to daily life, dissolving the traditional separation between fine and applied arts. There is no doubt that she was one of the most innovative artist of the twentieth century, developing a voice of her own in a wide range of techniques; over and over again one sees the powerful impetus that artisanship lent to her fine art works." Karin Schnick, excerpted fromSophie Taeuber-Arp: Movement and Balance.
Edited by Anne Umland, Walburga Krupp, Charlotte Healy. Text by Laura Braverman, Leah Dickerman, Briony Fer, Mark Franko, Maria Gough, Jodi Hauptman, Medea Hoch, Juliet Kinchin, Eva Reifert, Natalia Sidlina, Tíai Smith, Adrian Sudhalter, Jana Teuscher, Michael White, Annie Wilker.
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Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Edited by Anne Umland, Walburga Krupp, Charlotte Healy. Text by Laura Braverman, Leah Dickerman, Briony Fer, Mark Franko, Maria Gough, Jodi Hauptman, Medea Hoch, Juliet Kinchin, Eva Reifert, Natalia Sidlina, Tíai Smith, Adrian Sudhalter, Jana Teuscher, Michael White, Annie Wilker.
Accompanying the first retrospective of Taeuber-Arpís work in the United States in 40 years, Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction is a comprehensive survey of this multifaceted abstract artistís innovative and wide-ranging body of work. Her background in the applied arts and dance, her involvement in the Zurich Dada movement and her projects for architectural spaces were essential to her development of a uniquely versatile and vibrant abstract vocabulary. Through her artistic output and various professional alliances, Taeuber-Arp consistently challenged the historically constructed boundaries separating fine art from craft and design.
This richly illustrated catalog explores the artistís interdisciplinary and cross-pollinating approach to abstraction through some 400 works, including textiles, beadwork, polychrome marionettes, architectural and interior designs, stained glass windows, works on paper, paintings and relief sculptures. It also features 15 essays that examine the full sweep of Taeuber-Arpís career. Arranged into six chapters that follow the exhibitionís sections, these essays trace the progression of Taeuber-Arpís creative production both chronologically and thematically. A comprehensive illustrated chronology, the first essay on Taeuber-Arpís materials and techniques, and an exhibition checklist based on new research and analysis detail the expansive nature of Taeuber-Arpís production.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp was born in 1889 in Davos, Switzerland, and trained at the interdisciplinary Debschitz School in Munich. In 1914, she began a successful applied arts practice in Zurich, where she also taught textile design and participated in the Dada movement. Starting in the late 1920s, Taeuber-Arp completed several architectural and interior design projects, most significantly the Aubette entertainment complex in Strasbourg. When she moved to Paris in 1929, she turned her attention to abstract paintings and painted wood reliefs. During the Nazi occupation, Taeuber-Arp spent her final years in the South of France, and died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in 1943.
Published by Skira. By Silvia Boadella. Translated by Tess Lewis.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889Ė1943) was a pioneer of modern art. She was at the center of Zurichís Dada movement and is considered the most important female Swiss artist of the early 20th century. She was a modern dancer, painter, sculptor, textile artist, designer; and interior architect. She made paper, textiles, wood, and glass shine Ė she bound light to matter in paintings, jewelry, embroidery, rugs, marionettes, furniture, and sculptures. This unique portrait shows how Taeuber-Arp remained passionately devoted to her art despite the threat of two world wars. Through her work, she not only found and preserved her inner self and joy in extremely difficult circumstances, but also tapped enormous strength to endure the challenges in her life and remain true to herself. The author, Silvia Boadella, is Taeuber-Arpís great niece and grew up with Sophieís art. Her approach is intimate and empathetic, as if she were looking at the world through Taeuber-Arpís eyes, when drawing from family memories, stories, and documents as well as from unpublished sources. She has created a visually and verbally powerful narrative that for the first time connects stations in Taeuber-Arp's life with her works. Through the many well-chosen illustrations, including photographs from the family archives, she makes this story into a lively experience. Fundamental topics central to every human life, such as love, birth and death, are woven through the text to offer direct emotional access to Taeuber-Arp's works and allow the reader to engage with them creatively, and to experience first-hand how the artist lives on through her art.
Published by The Museum of Modern Art. Text by Anne Umland.
Upon first encountering Sophie Taeuber-Arpís (1889Ė1943) diminutive Head (1920), one might wonder whether it is an abstract sculpture, a playful portrait or a functional object. Indicative of the artistís pursuit to break down the conventional boundaries between the applied and fine arts, the work defies easy categorization. Its stylized featuresóa single eye, a long trapezoidal nose, delicately beaded ďearringsĒóhint at the artistís interests in modernist abstraction and in the stuff of everyday life. A dancer, designer, puppet maker, sculptor and painter at the heart of the Zurich Dada movement, Taeuber-Arp made Head in the wake of World War I, during a time of profound political and cultural self-questioning. Almost a century later, her witty wooden figure has lost none of its punch as an investigation of art across aesthetic and material boundaries rather than within them. Curator Anne Umlandís essay positions this intriguingly anthropomorphic work within the broader arc of Taeuber-Arpís remarkably vibrant and versatile career.
Published by Kerber. Text by Stephen Kurz, Francois Morellet, Astrid von Asten, Karin Schick.
The only woman to be represented on a Swiss banknote (the 50-franc note), Sophie Taeuber-Arp was one of the twentieth century's most innovative artists, in painting, sculpture, textiles, dance, architecture and puppetry. Often occupying this role of the only "woman"--in exhibitions, or when socializing among Dadaists and Concrete artists and elsewhere--Taeuber-Arp nevertheless went about her diverse activities as though gender obstacles were immaterial, and steadily built up a massive body of work whose consistent qualities are warmth, clarity and liveliness. Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Movement and Balance is the most complete survey of the artist's work available in any language to date. Packed with full-color illustrations of her work in all media, from her pre-Concrete abstractions to her fabrics, watercolors, canvases, reliefs and her wonderful marionettes, as well as a visual chronology with archival photographs of Taeuber-Arp posing in her costumes, or next to her works with her husband Hans (Jean) Arp, this volume demonstrates the exemplary adventurousness of her career.