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The Bauhaus: A Short List

I've been reading more, lately, about the Bauhaus, the German school of design founded in 1919 that closed in 1933 as the Nazis rose to power.

The school embraced art, craft, design, and theatre but is best known for what became known as the Moderne style of design.  This style limited ornament and used materials like aluminum, glass, and laminated wood to produce buildings, interiors, and furnishings that reflected the new, "modern age."

Teachers and students affiliated with the Bauhaus became highly recognized names in architecture, art, and design: Walter Gropius, Anni Albers, Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe -- to name a few.

Below is a short list of exceptional books on the Bauhaus that would be a credit to any bookshelf.

I'm always looking for fresh material.  I focus on art, architecture, decorative arts, national parks, and photography but am happy to take a look at anything.  Let me know...just hit "reply" to this email.

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Wingler, Hans M.
The Bauhaus.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1969.
Hardcover. First Edition. Second Printing. xviii, 24 color plates, 653 pp. Folio. White cloth covers with black titling to spine and cover board. Clean and very crisp within. Black paper slipcase in Very Good condition with distinct Bauhaus titling that is the color reverse of the book's cover boards.

Important work on the history and influence of the Bahaus on modern art, architecture, textiles, and design.
Price: $300.00  
Bergdoll, Barry; Dickerman, Leah.
Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity.
New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
Hardcover. First Edition. 344 pp. Folio. Slight scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, minor bumps to corners, now in mylar cover. Clean and tight within.
Price: $55.00  
Alfieri, Bruno; (Editor); Gropius, Walter.
Zodiac 1. International Magazine of Contemporary Architecture.
Brussels, Belgium: Association Pour La Diffusion Artistique et Culturelle, 1957.
Wraps. First Edition. 276 pp. 4to. Slick stiff wraps with scuffing from shelf wear, clear exterior original laminate on cover starting at edges. Very clean within. A photo of Walter Gropius and one of his buildings grace the front cover.

This premier issue of "Zodiac" contains Walter Gropius's (1883-1969) article, "Apollo in the Democracy" (pp. 9-14) which was his address when given the Hanseatic Goether Prize at Hamburg June 5, 1957. This publication represents a "Who's Who" in International and Modern design mid-century. Articles by Sigfried Giedion, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Victor Gruen and others, accompanied by reviews of books, and photographs of contemporary buildings. What is as interesting as the design content are the advertisements by Olivetti (which also sponsored the magazine), Knoll, and others.
Price: $125.00  
Darwent, Charles.
Josef Albers: Life and Work.
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2018.
Hardcover. First Edition. 335 pp, 23 Plates. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover.

A biography of great depth and heavily illustrated that shows the evolution of one of the undersung stars of the Bauhaus Movement.
Price: $35.00  
Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo; Wingler, Hans (Note); Stelzer, Hans (Postscript); Seligman, Janet (Translator).
Painting Photography Film.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1969.
Hardcover. First Edition. First Edition of the English Translation. Scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, the number "5" written in blue ink at base of front dust jacket flap, jacket now in mylar cover. Black cloth boards with silver embossed titling to spine, small bump at base of front board. Clean within.

An English translation of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's (1895-1946) treatise on the three mediums of the title originally published as a Bauhaus of 1925-27. In republishing the designers were attentive to the imporatance of design and typography to the original German production in getting Moholy-Nagy's ideas across and replicated as best they could in this production. An important book by an important member of the Bauhaus.
Price: $65.00  
Harris, Neil; Clark, Robert Judson.
Design in America: The Cranbrook Vision 1925-1950.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers.
Hardcover. 352 pp. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover.

Stunning catalog of the exhibition of the same name held at the Detroit Institue of Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York before traveling to London and Europe. Cranbrook both empolyed and trained a veritable "Who's Who" of designers, artists, and architects including Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Carl Milles, Florence Knoll, and Charles & Ray Eames. Cranbrook has often been referred to as an American version of the Bauhaus.
Price: $60.00  
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