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Schwitters in Britain (Tate Britain, London: Exhibition Catalogues) [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

Emma (ed) Chambers , Karin (ed) Orchard
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7 Feb 2013 Tate Britain, London: Exhibition Catalogues
Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was one of the most influential European avant-garde artists to come to prominence in the interwar years. Associated at various times with Dada, Constructivism and Surrealism, he produced paintings, collages, sound pieces, sculpture and installation works, as well as journalism, criticism, poetry and short stories. This book concentrates on Schwitters lesser known late works, made during his time in Britain, but sets the scene by recounting and summarising his earlier achievements. Forced to flee Germany in 1936, Schwitters took refuge first in Norway and then, after the German invasion of Norway, in Britain, where he was interned as an enemy alien in 1940 on the Isle of Man. The last eight years of his life, spent in Britain, were in fact intensely productive. His British-period work included collages which utilised London ephemera and American magazines. This period also saw the development of assemblages and sculptures based on found organic objects, culminating in his last great sculpture and installation, the Merzbarn in the Lake District, itself a continuation of the concept of the Hanover Merzbau, one of the key lost works of modern times. The book sees Schwitters not as an artist in isolation but as part of a network, both inside and outside the camps, of other refugee artists and figures in the European avant-garde.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1849760268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849760263
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 22.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was one of the most influential European avant-garde artists to come to prominence in the interwar years. Associated at various times with Dada, Constructivism and Surrealism, he produced paintings, collages, sound pieces, sculpture and installation works, as well as journalism, criticism, poetry and short stories. This book concentrates on Schwitters' lesser known late works,made during his time in Britain, but sets the scene by recounting and summarising his earlier achievements.

Forced to flee Germany in 1936, Schwitters took refuge first in Norway and then, after the German invasion of Norway, in Britain, where he was interned as an enemy alien in 1940 on the Isle of Man. The last eight years of his life, spent in Britain, were in fact intensely productive. His British-period work included collages which utilised London ephemera and American magazines. This period also saw the development of assemblages and sculptures based on found organic objects, culminating in his last great sculpture and installation, the Merzbarn in the Lake District, itself a continuation of the concept of the Hanover Merzbau, one of the key lost works of modern times. The book sees Schwitters not as an artist in isolation but as part of a network, both inside and outside the camps, of other refugee artists and figures in the European avant-garde.

About the Author

Co-curator Emma Chambers will write an overarching introductory essay on Schwitters time in Britain, and Karin Orchard will examine Schwitters late collages . A variety of contributors from both Britain and Germany will consider Scwhitters collages, his sculpture, the construction of the Merzbarn ,the relationship between abstraction and representation in his work, his writings and his experience within internment camps, and his influence on succeeding generations of British artists. Emma Chambers is Curator, Modern British Art, at Tate. Karin Orchard is Kurator für Graphik at Sprengel Museum, Hanover.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the exhibition... 21 Mar 2013
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Now, you might say that thats not surprising, as it is always better to see the work 'for real' rather than in reproduction. My disappointment with this book is 3 fold really. Firstly, it feels cheap. Now I may be wrong and the matt paper it is printed on my be of the finest quality, but it doesn't feel like that and I am not sure it does anything positive for the reproduction of colour. Secondly, the essays in the book are, by and large instantly forgettable. They seem to spend most of their time trying to make a case for the exhibition rather than saying anything meaningful about Schwitters work. Also , call me an old romantic, but I would have liked to have know more about his relationship with the people he met in these last years and particularly 'Wantee' this companion. As it is, they hardly get a mention. And final, it is an incomplete record of the exhibition itself. A lot of the printed matter, examples of his Merz magazine etc are not there. So,should you BUY this book? If you like Schwitters yes. Better still see the exhibition whilst you still can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars merz is great 7 July 2013
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Very interested in Schwitters and have been to Ambleside and to Isle of Man to find out more. I don't go to London exhibitions so the catalogue was next best thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended 14 May 2013
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Easy to read, this is a well researched, comprehensive and insightful catalogue with substantial input from the curators of an outstanding exhibition. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars collage fan 10 April 2014
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excellent compendium of collages by one of its stars which was the catalog for the tate exhibit last year. super buy!
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