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G : an avant-garde journal of art, architecture, design, and film, 1923-1926 /
edited by Detlef Mertins and Michael W. Jennings ; translation by Steven Lindberg with Margareta Ingrid Christian.
imprint
Los Angeles : Getty Research Institute, 2010.
description
ix, 269 p. : ill. (some col.)
ISBN
9781606060391 (hardcover)
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imprint
Los Angeles : Getty Research Institute, 2010.
isbn
9781606060391 (hardcover)
general note
"Translation of: G : Material zur Elementaren Gestaltung, nos. 1/6 (1923/26)."
Two full-size inserts (facsims. of issues no. 1 & 2) in pocket on inside back cover.
catalogue key
7341898
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"To flip through this book on G is to be offered a view on how certain matters of the mind were broached in their actual era. It's one thing to read bits of treatises in a historical survey; quite another to see such writings as they originally appeared, with the advertisements, graphics, and typographic particulars of their time. Along with the first English-language recreations of G 's pages, numerous essays in the book help flesh out the context."-- The National
"To flip through this book on G is to be offered a view on how certain matters of the mind were broached in their actual era. It's one thing to read bits of treatises in a historical survey; quite another to see such writings as they originally appeared, with the advertisements, graphics, and typographic particulars of their time. Along with the first English-language recreations of G 's pages, numerous essays in the book help flesh out the context."- The National
"A valuable find for anyone studying the visual culture of this time period."- ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) Reviews
"A valuable find for anyone studying the visual culture of this time period."-- ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) Reviews
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Summaries
Main Description
First published in 1923, the journal G: Material zur Elementaren Gestaltung ( G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation ) helped shape a new phase in the history of the European avant-garde. Founded by Hans Richter, a pioneer of abstract animated film, G featured works by some of the important names in the advanced cultures of Europe: Hans Arp, Walter Benjamin, Theo van Doesburg, Viking Eggeling, Naum Gabo, Werner Graeff, George Grosz, Hugo Häring, Raoul Hausmann, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Frederick Kiesler, El Lissitzky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Antoine Pevsner, Man Ray, and Tristan Tzara. This edition, the first in English translation, preserves the original design by Lissitzky, Richter, and Graeff, and includes essays that explore the role of the journal in its time and in relation to contemporary culture. An introduction analyzes the principles of the journal, situates it in the culture of the early 1920s, and evaluates its achievements.
Main Description
First published in 1923, the journal G: Material zur Elementaren Gestaltung ( G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation ) helped shape a new phase in the history of the European avant-garde. Founded by Hans Richter, a pioneer of abstract animated film, G featured works by some of the important names in the advanced cultures of Europe: Hans Arp, Walter Benjamin, Theo van Doesburg, Viking Eggeling, Naum Gabo, Werner Graeff, George Grosz, Hugo Hring, Raoul Hausmann, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Frederick Kiesler, El Lissitzky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Antoine Pevsner, Man Ray, and Tristan Tzara. This edition, the first in English translation, preserves the original design by Lissitzky, Richter, and Graeff, and includes essays that explore the role of the journal in its time and in relation to contemporary culture. An introduction analyzes the principles of the journal, situates it in the culture of the early 1920s, and evaluates its achievements.
Main Description
The Journal G: Material Zur Elementaren Gestaltung Appeared Between 1923 And 1926 And Featured a Unique Combination of Visual Works and Writings by Some of the Most Important Names in European Art and Design. The List of Contributors to the Magazine During Its Short Life Reads Like a Roll Call of the Avant-Garde: It Includes Hans ARP, Walter Benjamin, Naum Gabo, George Grosz, Raoul Hausmann, El Lissitzky, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Tristan Tzara, and Theo Van Doesburg. What This Disparate Group Had in Common Was a Belief in Gestaltung, or "Elemental Form-Creation," Which Placed Emphasis on the Process and the Materials Through Which Cultural Objects are Produced Rather than on any "ISM," Style, or Form. In G, Works of Engineering, Technology, and Popular Culture Took Their Place Alongside Paintings, Films, Poems, and Sculptures, Creating a Complex and Vivid Image of Urban Modernity.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Notes to the Readerp. 1
Introduction: The G-Group and the European Avant-Gardep. 3
Contains Graphic Material: El Lissitzky and the Topography of Gp. 21
Toward an Elemental Cinema: Film Aesthetics and Practice in Gp. 53
Architecture, Worldview, and World Image in Gp. 71
p. 100
p. 104
p. 111
p. 181
p. 203
Appendix: Contemporary Reflections on Gp. 241
"A Call for Elemental Art"p. 241
"Concerning the So-Called G Group"p. 243
"More on Group 'G'"p. 249
Biographical Notes on the Contributorsp. 252
Text Creditsp. 253
Illustration Creditsp. 257
Indexp. 259
Full-Size Inserts (see inside back cover)
G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, no.1(1923)
G: Materials for Elemental Form-Creation, no.2(1923)
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