Asger Jorn in Images, Words and Forms

Ruth Baumeister

Ruth Baumeister

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

Edited by Museum Jorn Silkeborg
144 pages | 150 color plates | 9 x 11 | © 2014
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9783858817358 Published September 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Asger Jorn is one of the most admired names in Nordic art. A founding member of several major art movements from the International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus to the revolutionary Situationist International, Jorn has produced creative works in collaboration with French cubist Fernand Léger and legendary architect Le Corbusier. The centenary of Jorn’s birth will be marked in 2014, making this a perfect time to revisit his life and prolific body of work.
           
Published in cooperation with the Museum Jorn Silkeborg in Denmark, this book uses more than one hundred full-color illustrations of Jorn’s most important artworks along with letters, interviews, photographs, press clippings by and about the artist, and even excerpts from Jorn’s mother’s unpublished book about her son to provide readers with a broad overview. Included are photographs of the artist with Pablo Picasso and Guy Debord; the founding declaration of the Situationist International and other art movements; a collection of quotes about Jorn;s home country, Denmark; and a failed dissertation submitted to the University of Copenhagen in the 1950s. Tracing the artist’s work through the early influences of Joan Miró, James Ensor, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee, and Vassily Kandinsky, the book also shows how Jorn ventured beyond painting with his later works in an effort to radically renew other forms of media, from printmaking and sculpture to ceramics and collage.
Contents
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
Asger Jorn, A Bad Painter?
Press reviews of the first exhibition in Silkeborg
 
Paris, the City of Love
Surprising discoveries and new horizons
 
That’s the Way You Were…!
From the writings of Jorn’s mother
 
On the Road
Insights into the daily life of a nomadic artist
 
Asger Jorn, a “Professor for Things in General”?
Refusal of a doctorate by the University of Copenhagen
 
The Synthesis
A leitmotif for thinking, living, and creating
 
Father Jorn
Dedications to Klaus, Susanne, Troels, Martha, Olga, Ole, Bodil, and Ib
 
A Word and a Blow!
The Cobra group and the Situationist International
 
Asger Jorn, Picasso of the North?
The Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism
 
Art and Politics
To every age its art, to art its freedom
 
Asger Jorn, Verbal Acrobat
The evolution and transformation of titles
 
Casa Jorn, Albissola
Refuge of a master world builder
 
On Everyone’s Lips
Philosophical tidbits from Jorn’s cuisine
 
Asger Jorn, a Sore Winner?
The refusal of the National Guggenheim Award
 
Jorn the Art Collector
A Glimpse into the Silkeborg cabinet of wonders
 
Hope Dies Last
Impressions of the attending physician during Jorn’s Last Days
 
Biography
 
Image Credits
 
Imprint
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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