Nicholas Fox Weber

  • Anni et Joseph Albers

    Nicholas Fox Weber

    • Phaidon
    • 5 Novembre 2020

    Une biographie visuelle spectaculaire et inédite de deux pionniers de l'art et du design modernes.

    Le couple Albers, Josef peintre, designer et professeur et Anni artiste textile, tisseuse et graveuse comptent parmi les artistes abstraits les plus importants du XXe siècle. Cette superbe monographie célèbre pour la première fois leur incroyable créativité et la relation forte qui liait ces deux maîtres. Cet ouvrage présente leur vie et leur travail comme jamais, de leurs années de formation au Bauhaus en Allemagne à leur influence remarquable au Black Mountain College aux États-Unis en passant par leur période extrêmement productive dans le Connecticut.

  • Anglais Ibauhaus

    Nicholas Fox Weber

    A rich, wide-ranging meditation on the iPhone as direct descendant of the 1930's Bauhaus, one of the 20th century's most influential schools of art and design (summed up in Mies van der Rohe's dictum, "less is more") whose principle aim was to connect art and industry. From one of the leading authorities on the Bauhaus and modernism. Nicholas Fox Weber, in this deft, entertaining, and brilliant rumination on art and technology, writes of the iPhone as the essence of the Bauhaus principles of form following function--of honesty of design and materials that reflect the true nature of objects and buildings, favoring linear and geometrical forms; adhering to line, shape and colors; synthesizing art to modern times; the fusion in design of art and technology. ;;;;Weber, an authority and celebrant of 20th century modernism, ranging from the paintings of Balthus to the architecture of Le Corbusier, was a close associate of Anni and Josef Albers, the last living giants of the Bauhaus, and absorbed firsthand the truest beliefs of the Bauhaus. The Alberses emphasized their passion for "good design over bad art." Anni, a groundbreaking textile artist and printmaker, and Josef, a painter and color theorist and influential art teacher, stuck to "what was taught at the Bauhaus: the right use of materials, good technique, a purpose that serves all." Weber writes that the Bauhaus was not a style, but an attitude: clear design and visual acuity as the embodiment of morality and honesty. And in iBauhaus , Weber explores how the iPhone, with its effective design and its versatility, honors these deepest beliefs, as well as the values that the Bauhaus sought to give to the world.

  • A spectacular and unprecedented visual biography of the leading pioneers and protagonists of modern art and design.

    Josef - painter, designer, and teacher - and Anni Albers - textile artist and printmaker - are among the twentieth century's most important abstract artists, and this is the fi rst monograph to celebrate the rich creative output and beguiling relationship of these two masters in one elegant volume. It presents their life and work as never before, from their formative years at the Bauhaus in Germany to their remarkable infl uence at Black Mountain College in the United States through their intensely productive period in Connecticut.

  • Cleve gray

    Nicholas Fox Weber

    • Abrams
    • 10 Décembre 1998
  • Nicholas Fox Weber, for thirtythree years head of the Albers Foundation, spent many years with Anni and Josef Albers, the only husbandandwife artistic pair at the Bauhaus (she was a textile artist; he a professor and an artist, in glass, metal, wood, and photography). The Alberses told him their own stories and described life at the Bauhaus with their fellow artists and teachers, Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well these figuresyes'>#8217; lesserknown wives and girlfriends. In this extraordinary group biography, Weber brilliantly brings to life the Bauhaus geniuses and the community of the pioneering art school in Germanyyes'>#8217;s Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 1930s.Here are: Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, the architect who streamlined design early in his career and who saw the school as a place for designers to collaborate in an ideal setting . . . a dashing hussar, the ardent young lover of the renowned femme fatale Alma Mahler, beginning when she was the wife of composer Gustav Mahler . . . Paul Klee, the onlooker, smoking his pipe, observing Bauhaus dances as well as his colleaguesyes'>#8217; lectures from the back of the room . . . the cook who invented recipes and threw together his limited ingredients with the same spontaneity, sense of proportion, and fascination that underscored his paintings . . . Wassily Kandinsky, the Russianborn pioneer of abstract painting, gurding a secret tragedy one could never have guessed from his lively paintings, in which he used bold colors not just for their visual vibrancy, but for their yes'>#8220;soundyes'>#8221; effects . . . Josef Albers, who entered the Bauhaus as a student in 1920 and was one of the seven remaining faculty members when the school was closed by the Gestapo in 1933 . . .Annelise Else Frieda Fleischmann, a Berlin heiress, an intrepid young woman, who later, as Anni Albers, made art the focal point of her existence . . . Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, imperious, decisive, often harsh, an architect who became directoryes'>#8212;the lastyes'>#8212;of the Bauhaus, and the person who guided the schoolyes'>#8217;s final days after SS storm troopers raided the premises.Weber captures the life, spirit, and flair with which these geniuses lived, as well as their consuming goal of making art and architecture. A portrait infused with their fulsome embrace of life, their gift for laughter, and the powerful force of their individual artistic personalities.From the Hardcover edition.

  • A Life. From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of 'Balthus' and 'Patron Saints', the first full-scale life of le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth century, heralded as a prophet in his lifetime, revered as a god after his death.

  • La bande du Bauhaus

    Nicholas Fox Weber

    • Fayard
    • 25 Février 2015

    Fondée en 1919 en Allemagne, à Weimar, l'école pionnière du Bauhaus accueillit jusqu'au début des années 1930 une communauté bouillonnante d'artistes. C'est en côtoyant pendant de nombreuses années Josef et Anni Albers, le seul couple parmi les résidents du Bauhaus, que Nicholas Fox Weber a pu pénétrer les secrets de cette petite « bande » et, surtout, les ressorts de leur activité créatrice. Dans cette extraordinaire biographie de groupe, on rencontre Walter Gropius, le fondateur de l'école, architecte qui, très tôt, chercha à rationaliser le design, mais aussi amant ardent d'Alma Mahler, femme fatale alors mariée au compositeur Gustav Mahler ; Paul Klee, l'observateur fumant sa pipe, qui invente des recettes de cuisine avec la même spontanéité et le même sens des proportions qu'il crée ses tableaux ; Wassily Kandinsky, le pionnier de la peinture abstraite né en Russie, qui, dans ses peintures vivantes, utilise des couleurs éclatantes en raison de l'effet « sonore » qu'elles produisent ; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, impérieux, souvent cassant, qui devient le dernier directeur du Bauhaus, jusqu'à la fermeture de l'école par la Gestapo en 1933.
    En nous entraînant dans l'intimité de la vie et de l'oeuvre de ces grands artistes, Weber réalise un portrait de groupe magistral où transparaît toute la passion avec laquelle ils ont, finalement, réussi à révolutionner l'art et l'architecture.
     

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