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- DescriptionThe German-born artist Kurt Schwitters is best kwn for his 'psychological collages' and his large-scale sculptures that prefigured the installation art of the late twentieth century. He also experimented with sound art, typography and architecture and wrote poetry and prose. Fleeing the Nazis in 1937, he left Germany for Norway where he was interned on the Lofoten Islands and, after escaping, by the British on the Isle of Man. He died in Kendal in the Lake District in 1948. This unique volume brings together three of Schwitters' short stories written during his time in England - The Idiot , The Landlady and The Story of the Flat and Round Painter - with a poem, London Symphony , all of which he sent to the writer, publisher and fellow exile Stefan Themerson. Alongside these works the book contains a personal appreciation of Schwitters by his friend, the Surrealist pioneer E.L.T. Mesens, commissioned for Art News in 1958 and unavailable since then, together with previously unpublished responses by the artist's son Ernst Schwitters and Mesens' further comments. Jasia Reichardt's introduction places these remarkable documents in the context of Schwitters's life and career and explores the importance of his legacy. This important publication of previously unkwn material from one of the most invative artists of the twentieth century will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in avant-garde art and literature. It comes with a tribute by E.L.T. Mesens and a response by Ernst Schwitters.
- Author BiographyAuthor, critic and curator Jasia Reichardt was Assistant Director at the ICA, London, from 1963 to 1971, and Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London, from 1974 to 1976. She is currently Director of the Themerson Archive.
- Author(s)Kurt Schwitters
- PublisherTate Publishing
- Date of Publication10/09/2010
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintTate Publishing
- Weight181 g
- Width135 mm
- Height200 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edited byJasia Reichardt
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