Sophie Taeuber - Arp - Today is Tomorrow

Edited by Aargauer Kunsthaus and Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Sophie Taeuber - Arp - Today is Tomorrow

Edited by Aargauer Kunsthaus and Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

Essays by Mit Beiträgen von Rahel Beyerle, Sarah Burkhalter, Medea Hoch, Jutta Hülsewig-Johnen, Walburga Krupp, Brigitte Maier, Sigrid Schade, Thomas Schmutz, Maike Steinkamp, and Rudolf Suter

288 pages | 250 color plates and 50 halftones | 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783858817570 Published November 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943) ranks among the pioneers of the early twentieth century’s classical avant-garde. In addition to studying dance at Rudolf von Laban’s dance school, she was educated as an artist at the School of Applied Arts in St. Gallen, Switzerland; at Wilhelm von Debschitz’s teaching and experimental workshop in Munich; and the School of Applied arts in Hamburg. After becoming involved with the Dadaists, she taught textile design at the Zurich School of Applied Arts, then moved to France to live and work in her self-designed studio home until she had to flee from the German occupation in 1940. Remarkably versatile and immensely gifted, Taeuber-Arp’s work covers the universal range of the modernist movement—applied and fine art, dance, architecture, interior design, and teaching.
           
Accompanying a retrospective exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany, this book shows the entire range of Taeuber-Arp’s creativity and her mastery of material, shape, and color, as well as her inventiveness and interdisciplinary thinking and approach. It features an abundance of works drawn from private collections that have either not yet been shown to the public or not displayed for many years, and the accompanying essays from leading scholars treat Taeuber-Arp’s work in both the fine and applied art in equal measure.
           
Richly illustrated with three hundred images—the majority in color—Sophie Taeuber-Arp is the most comprehensive book on this extraordinary artist ever published in English.
Contents
Welcome
Isabella Chassot
 
Welcome
Ute Schäfer
 
Preface
Madeleine Schuppli/Friedrich Meschede
 
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Today is Tomorrow
Introduction
Thomas Schmutz
 
Picture Essay
 
Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Interdisciplinary Works within Art History’s System of Categorization
Medea Hoch
 
Floral-linear: Figuration and Abstraction in the Work of Sophie-Taeuber-Arp
Walburga Krupp
 
Kachinas and Kinesthesia:
Dance in the art of Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Sarah Burkhalter
 
In the Modernism Network:
Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s involvement in the magazine plastique
Maike Steinkamp
 
In the Bedlam of the Avant-garde:
Sophie Taeuber-Arp and the Constructivists exhibition in 1937
Brigitte Maier
 
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: The Line in Focus.
A linear quartet in a theoretical context
Rahel Beyerle
 
Saint and Muse:
Hans Arp’s Texts and the Perception of Taeuber-Arp
Rudolf Suter
 
On Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s Artistic Career and Understanding of Herself:
A first reading of her letters from the 1910s
Sigrid Schade/Walburga Krupp/Medea Hoch
 
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: A Short Biography
Selection of publications
Exhibitions and literature
Index of illustrations
Author’s biographies
Acknowledgments
Review Quotes
Choice
“Critics have lately advanced the worldwide reputation of Sophie Taeuber-Arp, a Swiss/French classic geometric artist whose reputation was marginalized.  This is the foremost book on all her creative periods, and it includes more than three hundred illustrations. . . . Highly recommended.”
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