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Forms, Organic and Mercurial: Karl Blossfeldt, Francis Bruguière and British Modernist Sculpture

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Edward Juler



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Verlag fur Moderne Kunst, 2018.

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This catalogue essay provides the first detailed critical analysis of the British avant-garde reception of the photographs of Karl Blossfeldt and Francis Bruguière. It examines the range of responses, both critical and artistic, Blossfeldt and Bruguière's innovative photographs elicited from British writers, historians and sculptors following the exhibition of their work, for the first time, at the Dorothy Warren Gallery in London, 1929. The influence of Blossfeldt's close-up images of botanical forms is placed in the contemporary context of biomorphism while Bruguière's dynamic superimpositions are explored in relation to British interest in the kinaesthetic nature of making and viewing modern sculpture. The three-volume catalogue will accompany a major exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinatti for the FotoFocus Biennial 2018 to celebrate the upcoming centenary of the Karl Blossfeldt and Francis Bruguière exhibition at the Dorothy Warren Gallery in London, 1929.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Juler E

Editor(s): Meyer Stump, U

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: No Two Alike: Karl Blossfeldt, Francis Bruguière, Thomas Ruff

Year: 2018

Volume: 2

Print publication date: 01/11/2018

Acceptance date: 08/03/2018

Edition: 1

Number of Volumes: 3

Publisher: Verlag fur Moderne Kunst

Place Published: Vienna


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ISBN: 9783903228870