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"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.
Even when performing at Zurichís Cabaret Voltaire during Dadaís halcyon days, Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) stood out from the crowd: her choreography, paintings, sculptures, puppets and textiles were all infused with a unique joy that set her apart from her contemporaries.
In this important new publication, Taeuber-Arpís great-niece pays homage to the artistís pioneering oeuvre and rich personal life. Silvia Boadella grew up with Taeuber-Arpís oeuvre to hand and draws from her memories, stories and family documents, as well as hitherto unpublished sources for this volume. Boadella provides readers for the first time with a portrait of Taeuber-Arpís personality, her private and artistic environment, connecting the phases of her life to her works, and, with the aid of numerous illustrations including photographs from the family archives, constructs a vivid experience for the reader.
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.