Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky: Friends in Exile -- A Decade of Correspondence, 1929-1940
2010·Manchester / New York
by Weber, Nicholas Fox and Jessica Boissel
Manchester / New York: Hudson Hills Press / The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 2010. Softcover. VG. Black & illus. wraps, French flaps, 172 pp., color & BW illus. Text is in German and English. Looks at letters exchanged by former Bauhaus artists Josef Albers (1888-1976) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). "The forty-six letters in this volume are an intimate exchnge between two colleagues and friends in this period when the world as they knew it was coming apart. Yet is is more a celebration of the staying powers of art than a lament. Each wrote to the other of his continuous creative evolution, while at the same time providing rich impressions of his new world. For Kandinsky, it was France, where his wife Nina enjoyed the stylishness of Paris as he entered a new avant-garde milieu but also faced the resistance of a conservative society. For Albers and his wife Anni, it was the United States, as they came to know it at the recently founded Black Mountain College in North Carolina, as well as in the lively galleries and museums of New York. ... The correspondence is unique in revealing the strength of these creative geniuses in coping with new and unexpected circumstances in life, and in elucidating the sustaining force of their artistic energies." (flap).
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