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For over half a century Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), one of the original masters of the Bauhaus, did pioneering work in all of the fine and applied arts. This is the first book to present a comprehensive survey of Bayer's enormous "oeuvre;" Arthur A. Cohen traces the development of Bayer's visual ideas across six decades and as many genres, proving that Bayer--more than any For over half a century Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), one of the original masters of the Bauhaus, did pioneering work in all of the fine and applied arts. This is the first book to present a comprehensive survey of Bayer's enormous "oeuvre;" Arthur A. Cohen traces the development of Bayer's visual ideas across six decades and as many genres, proving that Bayer--more than any of his Bauhaus colleagues--produced an art that simultaneously expressed the needs of an industrial age and the impulse of the avant-garde.Bayer himself served as the art director of the hardcover edition of this elegantly produced volume. It is lavishly illustrated with 43 color and 350 black-and-white plates, many of which come from Bayer's own archive and have never before appeared in print. In accordance with Herbert Bayer's sixty-year commitment to the use of the lowercase alphabet, all 32 of his essays included here are set in miniscules.


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For over half a century Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), one of the original masters of the Bauhaus, did pioneering work in all of the fine and applied arts. This is the first book to present a comprehensive survey of Bayer's enormous "oeuvre;" Arthur A. Cohen traces the development of Bayer's visual ideas across six decades and as many genres, proving that Bayer--more than any For over half a century Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), one of the original masters of the Bauhaus, did pioneering work in all of the fine and applied arts. This is the first book to present a comprehensive survey of Bayer's enormous "oeuvre;" Arthur A. Cohen traces the development of Bayer's visual ideas across six decades and as many genres, proving that Bayer--more than any of his Bauhaus colleagues--produced an art that simultaneously expressed the needs of an industrial age and the impulse of the avant-garde.Bayer himself served as the art director of the hardcover edition of this elegantly produced volume. It is lavishly illustrated with 43 color and 350 black-and-white plates, many of which come from Bayer's own archive and have never before appeared in print. In accordance with Herbert Bayer's sixty-year commitment to the use of the lowercase alphabet, all 32 of his essays included here are set in miniscules.

27 review for Herbert Bayer - Limited Edition: The Complete Works

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kerfe

    I became interested in Herbert Bayer because of his photography: specifically his famous photomontage "The Lonely Metropolitan" with the open hands, eyes in center, hanging over a building facade. Cohen thinks of the photos as minor in the larger context of the artist's work, but even after having ploughed through the author's minute and adulatory descriptions of Bayer's paintings, I still have a different point of view. Bayer was a student and teacher at the Bauhaus--where would 20th Century art I became interested in Herbert Bayer because of his photography: specifically his famous photomontage "The Lonely Metropolitan" with the open hands, eyes in center, hanging over a building facade. Cohen thinks of the photos as minor in the larger context of the artist's work, but even after having ploughed through the author's minute and adulatory descriptions of Bayer's paintings, I still have a different point of view. Bayer was a student and teacher at the Bauhaus--where would 20th Century art and design have gone without its influence?--and his early Bauhaus-influenced collages still look fresh. I'm a big fan of collage, and Bayer revisited collage in brand new ways throughout his career. The graphic design is groundbreaking and still amazing 80 years on, and the environmental sculptural work is really, really interesting. And I do like that Bayer rambled in his painting; he did not remain long in any one phase. There is a wide variety; of course some of it appealed to me more than others. The chromatic works are my favorites. They are definitely of their 1970's time, but the sharp edged color explorations don't look old. And it's to Bayer's credit that he explored color deeply and then moved on, incorporating elements from all of his past work in a new and also intriguing way. Still I love the photos most of all. Cohen has written a exhaustively researched book and yes, I learned a lot, but I did feel a bit overwhelmed by the overly detailed analysis. You don't have to read every word, or even every other word. It's visual art: skim a bit and then look, look, look.

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    Fan Marin

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