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The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts 1919-1936

The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts 1919-1936

By Margret Kentgens-Craig

"An intelligent book, illuminating the perception of the Bauhaus in the outside world and the contributions of America to the Bauhaus as well as the other way round." ―James Dunnett, Architects Journal

Although the Bauhaus existed for a mere fourteen years and boasted fewer than 1,300 students, its influence is felt throughout the world in numerous buildings, artworks, objects, concepts, and curricula. After the Bauhaus's closing in 1933, many of its protagonists moved to the United States, where their acceptance had to be cultivated. In this book Margret Kentgens-Craig shows that the fame of the Bauhaus in America was the result not only of the inherent qualities of its concepts and products, but also of a unique congruence of cultural supply and demand, of a consistent flow of information, and of fine-tuned marketing. Thus the history of the American reception of the Bauhaus in the 1920s and 1930s foreshadows the patterns of fame-making that became typical of the post-World War II art world.

283 pages
MIT Press, 2001
7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
ISBN 9780262611718
Bauhaus, American Art

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