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J. L. Martin, Ben Nicholson, & Naum Gabo (eds.), Circle. International Survey of Constructive Art, New York, Praeger Publishers, 1971, first thus, 4to (10.5" x 7.75"), HB, yellow cloth boards w/ red spine & cover titles, NF/ NF.

291 pp. 119 b&w plates. A study of Constructive tendencies in painting, sculpture, architecture, choreography, typography and life, presenting then as now, a concise overview of the evolution of modernistic threads between the wars. With this reprint of the famous 1937 Constructivist manifesto, Praeger adds a new introductory essay, “The Constructive Idea in Art” by Naum Gabo.

From the dust jacket: “At the time of its original publication, CIRCLE proposed not only to bring the then new Constructivist ideas to the attention of the general public but also to give their major exponents "the means of expressing their views and of maintaining contact with each other," to provide a "medium for the interchange of ideas." From this it will be seen that the artists involved were not members of a formal movement but represented various tendencies that, when juxtaposed, were found to have important similarities, both stylistic and theoretical. Herein lies much of the book's excitement as a document and its undeniable significance for art history.”

This landmark anthology of the Arts is divided into four sections: I.Painting, II.Sculpture, III.Architecture and IV.Art and Life.

Essays include:

• Piet Mondrian: Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art (Figurative Art and Non-Figurative Art)
• Winifred Dacre: Unknown Colour
• Herbert Read: The Faculty of Abstraction
• Le Corbusier: The Quarrel with Realism
• Ben Nicholson: Quotations
• Naum Gabo: Sculpture—Carving and Construction in Space
• Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture
• Henry Moore: Quotations
• J. D. Bernal: Art and the Scientist
• J. M. Richards: The Condition of Architecture and the Principle of Anonymity
• Maxwell Fry: Town Planning
• Marcel Breuer: Architecture and Material
• Richard J. Neutra: Routes of Housing Advance
• Alberto Sartoris: Colour in Interior Architecture
• J. L. Martin: The State of Transition
• S. Giedion: Construction and Aesthetics
• Walter Gropius: Art Education and the State
• Leonide Massine: Choreography
• Laszlo. Moholy-Nagy: Light Painting
• Jan Tschichold: The New Typography
• Karel Honzig: A Note on Biotechnics
• Lewis Mumford: The Death of the Monument

“Thus. in addition to the well-known editors, an unparalleled host of now famous artists, critics, and theorists is represented by written contributions. The styles of these and many other artists, whose reputations have also grown with the passing of time, are visually documented with copious illustrations." Works by the following are included: Le Corbusier • Walter Gropius • Marcel Breuer • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy • Alexander Calder • Richard Neutra • Paul Klee • Kasimir Malevich • Piet Mondrian • Ben Nicholson • Marcel Duchamp • Arp • El Lissitzky • Helion • Pablo Picasso • Braque • Fernand Leger • Juan Gris • Kandinsky • Hepworth • Pevsner • Henry Moore • Giacometti • Brancusi • Gabo • Tatlin • Meduniezky • Alberto Sartoris • Alfred Roth • Serge Chermayeff • Alvar Aalto • E. Maxwell Fry • Maillart and many others. “With such an extraordinarily rich representation of active participants, CIRCLE can be said to seek and to arrive at the very essence of Constructivism”.

An important 20th century document in lovely condition.    [Book ID # 703]


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