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Germaine Krull Photographer of Modernity

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Germaine Krull (1897-1985) led an extraordinary life that spanned nine decades and four continents. She witnessed many of the high points of modernism and recorded some of the major upheavals of the twentieth century. Her photographs include avant-garde montages, ironic studies of female nudes, press propaganda shots, as well as some of the most successful commercial and fashion images of her day. Her political commitments led her from communist allegiance to incarceration in Russia as a counter-revolutionary to support of the Free French cause against Hitler to a reclusive existence among Tibetan monks in India. Kim Sichel's study of this remarkable artist reveals a life of deep convictions, implausible transformations, complex emotional relationships, and inspired achievements. Krull refused to limit herself to one long-term relationship, one geographical region, or one set of religious and moral beliefs. Contemporary critics ranked her with Man Ray and Andre Kertesz. Younger photographers such as Berenice Abbott looked up to her. Yet until recently the absence of an archive has made a proper evaluation of Krull's contribution to photography and to modernism difficult if not impossible. In this book Sichel examines Krull's autobiographical texts and photographic oeuvre to present and unravel the rich mythology that Krull fabricated around her life and work. The chapters follow the geographical and chronological sequence of Krull's life, moving from Munich to Moscow to Berlin to Amsterdam to Paris to Brazil to Africa to Bangkok and other locations. This book, which accompanies the first major retrospective exhibition on Krull, should secure Krull's rightful place among the masters of twentieth-century photography. EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany October 1999 - December 1999 Haus der Kunst Munich, Germany December 1999 - February 2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, California March - June 2000 Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands August - September 2000 Centre Pompidou Paris, France November - December 2000

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Author(s):
Sichel, Kim
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0262194015
ISBN-13:
9780262194013
Number of pages:
363
Publisher:
MIT Press

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Germaine Krull (1897-1985) led an extraordinary life that spanned nine decades and four continents. She witnessed many of the high points of modernism and recorded some of the major upheavals of the twentieth century. Her photographs include avant-garde montages, ironic studies of female nudes, press propaganda shots, as well as some of the most successful commercial and fashion images of her day. Her political commitments led her from communist allegiance to incarceration in Russia as a counter-revolutionary to support of the Free French cause against Hitler to a reclusive existence among Tibetan monks in India. Kim Sichel's study of this remarkable artist reveals a life of deep convictions, implausible transformations, complex emotional relationships, and inspired achievements. Krull refused to limit herself to one long-term relationship, one geographical region, or one set of religious and moral beliefs. Contemporary critics ranked her with Man Ray and Andre Kertesz. Younger photographers such as Berenice Abbott looked up to her. Yet until recently the absence of an archive has made a proper evaluation of Krull's contribution to photography and to modernism difficult if not impossible. In this book Sichel examines Krull's autobiographical texts and photographic oeuvre to present and unravel the rich mythology that Krull fabricated around her life and work. The chapters follow the geographical and chronological sequence of Krull's life, moving from Munich to Moscow to Berlin to Amsterdam to Paris to Brazil to Africa to Bangkok and other locations. This book, which accompanies the first major retrospective exhibition on Krull, should secure Krull's rightful place among the masters of twentieth-century photography. EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany October 1999 - December 1999 Haus der Kunst Munich, Germany December 1999 - February 2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, California March - June 2000 Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands August - September 2000 Centre Pompidou Paris, France November - December 2000

Author(s):
Sichel, Kim
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1999
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0262194015
ISBN-13:
9780262194013
Number of pages:
363
Publisher:
MIT Press

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