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A Mythology of Forms: Selected Writings on Art

A Mythology of Forms: Selected Writings on Art

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The German art historian and critic Carl Einstein (1885-1940) was at the forefront of the modernist movement that defined the twentieth century. One of the most prolific and brilliant early commentators on cubism, he was also among the first authors to assess African sculpture as art. Yet his writings remain relatively little known in the Anglophone world. With A Mythology of Forms, the first representative collection of Einstein’s art theory and criticism to appear in English translation, Charles W. Haxthausen fills this gap. Spanning three decades, it assembles the most important of Einstein’s writings on the art that was central to his critical project—on cubism, surrealism, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Paul Klee, and includes the full texts of his two pathbreaking books on African art, Negro Sculpture (1915) and African Sculpture (1921). With fourteen texts by Einstein, each presented with extensive commentary, A Mythology of Forms will bring a pivotal voice in the history of modern art into English.

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ISBN-13: 9780226464138
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/26/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Carl Einstein (1885-1940), active primarily as an art critic in Germany and later in France, left a rich corpus of writings encompassing literary criticism, drama, poetry, fiction, and politics.

Charles W. Haxthausen is the Robert Sterling Clark Professor, Emeritus of Art History at Williams College. He is coeditor of Berlin: Culture and Metropolis and editor of The Two Art Histories: The Museum and the University and Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid. He has been named Distinguished Scholar at the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum for 2019–20.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

CH. 1      Notes on Recent French Painting (1912)
CH. 2      Totality (1914/16)
CH. 3      Negro Sculpture (1915)
CH. 4      On Primitive Art (1919)
CH. 5      African Sculpture (1921)
CH. 6      Draft of a Letter to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1923)
CH. 7      Cubism (1926)
CH. 8      The Berlin Museum for Ethnology: On the Occasion of Its Reinstallation (1926)
CH. 9      André Masson: Ethnological Study (1929)
CH. 10   Pablo Picasso (1931)
CH. 11   The Romantic Generation (1931)
CH. 12   The Blaue Reiter / Paul Klee (1931)
CH. 13   Two Chapters from Georges Braque (1934)
CH. 14   Excerpts from The Fabrication of Fictions (1935)

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