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Monographs or surveys on architectural movements and architects from the post WW I era (1918) to the present.

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Martin, J.L., Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo (co-editors), Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art, London, Faber and Faber Ltd., 1937, First Edition, 4to (8.125" x 10.125"), HB, off-white cloth boards w/ red sans-serif titles, VG- / none. Age-toned spine and fading to titles, some very light soiling to boards, chipped & fraying loss to spine extremities, prev. owner's signature/date to ffep, interior pages uniformly age-toned at borders.

292 pp. Profuse b/w illustrations, many full-page, including photographs, diagrams and plans. Uncommon first edition.

One of the best pre-WWII surveys of Modernist works in architecture, painting, sculpture, and design. Contributors include Piet Mondrian, Herbert Read, Le Corbusier, Maxwell Fry, Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson, Siegfried Giedion, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Walter Gropius, Laslo Moholy-Nagy, Jan Tschichold, Lewis Mumford et al.

"The ethos of CIRCLE was entirely opposed to the materialism of Russian Constructivism, and indeed to the elementarism of Van Doesburg [founder of 'De Stijl' movement]. In his introductory article from "The Consructive Idea in Art", Gabo reaffirmed his faith in the "creative human genius" and suggested that the immediate task of the constructive artist was to influence the "state of mind" of society, as a result of which material transformations would follow as a matter of course. The anthology was equally balanced between sections on painting, on sculpture, and on architecture, and a final group of articles on the theme "Art and Life" that included Gropius on "Art Education," Massine on "Choreography," Moholy-Nagy on "Light Painting", and Tschichold on the "New Typography." An excerpt from The Tradition of Constructivism, Stephen Bann, pp. 202.

An important reference on the development of 20th century European avant-garde presented in the words and art of some its most influential figures.    [Book ID # 1919]


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